Michael Deporto, accused of molesting a child, has rejected a plea agreement and was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he was insane eight years ago when he allegedly molested a young girl.
Deporto doesn't claim to be insane now. But his lawyer, Mary Corporon, says there is evidence that he was suffering from a mental illness when the incidents involving the 7-year-old girl occurred.Corporon had negotiated a plea agreement with the Utah Attorney General's Office, which is prosecuting a case. However, her client rejected the deal and wants to take the case to trial. To do that, he must first submit to a detail psychiatric evaluation at the state mental hospital.
Second District Judge Michael Allphin ordered Deporto to undergo the tests at a Monday hearing.
Deporto is accused of abusing the young relative from 1984 to 1993 during sleepovers at his home in Price, at a family gathering in Kaysville and once on Christmas Day.