Criminal proceedings reinstated in Condon Park assault case
Criminal proceedings have been reinstated against a man who allegedly attacked a 10-year-old girl.
Christian Lee Stevens, 45, allegedly followed the girl Sept. 23 as she walked home from school in Grass Valley, demanding to know where she lived.
As she entered a trail leading to Condon Park, he reportedly grabbed her by the back of the neck.
She began screaming for help, and then swung her trumpet case at him, hitting him and fleeing to her residence. The victim was able to give police a description of her assailant, and Stevens was located in Condon Park within 20 minutes.
Stevens had pleaded not guilty to criminal threats, false imprisonment by violence, and assault and battery before criminal proceedings were suspended on Oct. 1. His public defender, Keri Klein, raised concerns about his competence to stand trial, and a psychiatric examination and report was requested.
Stevens, who has ties to Yakima, Washington, reportedly has an extensive history of mental health issues and arrests in that state.
In the last 14 months, King County records show five arrests for assault and criminal trespass.
He was incarcerated there from Feb. 16 to March 31; King County reportedly was informed that he needed medication for schizophrenia, but he did not receive any treatment.
Stevens was subsequently booked and released in May and then again in June in King County; Grass Valley Police believe at the time of his arrest here, he had been in Nevada County less than 48 hours.
On Tuesday, the public defender declared a conflict of interest and attorney Greg Klein was appointed to represent Stevens. On Thursday, Superior Court Judge Linda Sloven ruled that his mental competency had been restored and criminal proceedings were reinstated.
Stevens is set to return to court Nov. 12 for a felony conference and on Nov. 17 for a preliminary hearing into the evidence against him.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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