A Washington C.H. man accused of repeatedly raping a 6-year-old girl has been found competent to stand trial, according to Fayette County Prosecutor Jess Weade.
Benjamin L. Knisley, 28, of 1025 Dayton Ave., Lot 12, originally pleaded not guilty at his June arraignment, but later changed his plea to “not guilty by reason of insanity.” He was then scheduled for an insanity and competency evaluation.
Knisley’s trial date has been rescheduled for Feb. 20 in Fayette County Common Pleas Court. He was indicted by a grand jury on 10 counts of rape, all felonies of the first degree, and five counts of gross sexual imposition, all felonies of the third degree.
With all 10 rape counts, the Fayette County grand jury specified that the alleged victim in the offense was less than 10 years of age at the time of the offense, according to the indictment.
A report was made May 4 alleging that an adult male was having sex with a 6-year-old female, according to the Washington Police Department. Following the investigation, Knisley was arrested May 24. He is being held in the Fayette County Jail on a $1 million bond.
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