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Early Psychological Testing Says Drifter Fit for Sexual Assault Trial

Dennis Dodson, a homeless man, remains in Cook County jail. He's accused of attacking an elderly Orland Park woman who tried to help him find shelter.

Initial tests suggest that Dennis Dodson—a drifter accused of sexually molesting an 83-year-old woman—is mentally fit for trial, according to public defender Camille Bachli.

Dodson, 35, was charged with after he allegedly attacked a Good Samaritan behind the Orland Park Home Depot, where Dodson had been living and had previously threatened an employee.

Dodson, whose rap sheet includes , remained in jail Tuesday on $1.5 million bail. He also has a history of mental health issues and takes psychotropic medication, Bachli said in September when she asked the court to order mental evaluations.

While the defense awaits additional reports from its psychologist, the state has been given time to file requests for HIV testing on the defendant.

Hospital records and reports from the state crime lab were exchanged during the latest hearing on Tuesday.

Another court date was set for Jan. 26, 2012, before Cook County Judge John J. Hynes.

frank December 21, 2011 at 01:09 AM
Some people should never be let back on the streets. The Govenor should wake up to this fact. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<,

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