Psych Evaluation Granted To Man Accused Of Rape
21-year-old John William Lieba II, the man charged with kidnapping and raping a 4-year-old girl on a Montana Indian Reservation, says he stopped taking his anti-psychotic medication before the attack and reportedly does not remember the events. Assistant Federal Defender Hank Branom asked for a mental health evaluation of Lieba to determine if he is competent to stand trial.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris granted the request and committed Lieba to a psychiatric facility for evaluation by a mental health professional. Lieba is accused of abducting the girl in Wolf Point on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and holding her for ransom.
The girl was found by a Roosevelt County sheriff’s deputy two days after she disappeared. Lieba was apprehended while the search for the girl was ongoing. A grand jury indictment filed in June said he engaged in a sex act with the girl and assaulted her.