Mick Fit to Stand Trial

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A Jefferson County jury deliberated about 30 minutes Wednesday before reaching a verdict that a 32-year-old Mt. Vernon man is fit to stand trial on multiple charges of sexually assaulting two children.

Charles Mick
(Source: JCSO)

Charles Mick is charged with three Class X counts predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13 and three Class 2 felony counts aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 13.

In August 2016 the court found a bona fide doubt as to Mick’s fitness to stand trial on the charges against him and a mental fitness evaluation was ordered.

However, neither the defense nor prosecution could agree on the findings of the evaluation, so the court has ordered a six-person jury to hear the evidence and determine the defendant’s mental fitness.

The six-person jury was selected with one alternate Tuesday morning and opening arguments were made after lunch.

The defense called only one person to testify – Mary Mick, the defendant’s mother. Both defense and prosecution rested Wednesday morning and the case was handed to the jury for deliberations around 10:30 a.m.. They returned their verdict at 11 a.m., finding Mick fit to stand trial.

The jury was then dismissed and a status hearing was set in the case for August 11 at 1:30 p.m.

According to court information, the charges stem from an investigation conducted by the Illinois State Police. The investigation showed Mick committed the sex acts against one victim between March 21 and March 27, 2015, and against another victim between 2006 and 2009.

Mick remains in the Jefferson County Jail, with bail set at $500,000.