Trial postponed in rape case
WOODSTOCK – A two-day jury trial on two counts of rape filed against an Edinburg man was postponed Monday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to allow the defendant to undergo a psychological evaluation.
Court filings in the case say recent actions of the defendant, Patrick Joseph Wakeman, 41, formerly of 2559 Helsley Road, have raised questions about his ability to stand trial, understand court proceedings and aid in his defense.
Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola said the trial has not been rescheduled while the court awaits the outcome of the mental health evaluation.
“There’s a hearing scheduled for Dec. 15 to review what comes back from the psychological evaluation,” Campola said.
Wakeman has been confined at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail since his arrest April 27.
Wakeman is accused of raping a 16-year-old girl. Authorities say the investigation began after the Sheriff’s Office received a report from the victim’s parents.
Authorities say the victim was taken to Winchester Medical Center on April 23 for a forensic exam after her parents reported the alleged rape to authorities.
A few days later, the girl made what a criminal complaint describes as “specific and detailed disclosures” during an interview at the Winchester Child Advocacy Center that Wakeman raped her twice at a residence.
The complaint also says that the victim “stated that the suspect asked if (she) was going to tell the cops about the incident.”
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