Rape case raises mental health questions | rape, serious, most – Top Story – Gaston Gazette

When a 24-year-old Gastonia man was arrested for rape last month, it was the most serious crime he had ever been charged with. But it wasn’t the first time someone accused him of an assault that had sexual overtones. At times in the past, police say questions about the man’s mental competency have played a part in him not facing charges. And the case has raised concerns about whether a person’s diminished mental health can provide more leeway with the legal system.

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