A Nodaway County man accused of sexual misconduct with a child will not be standing trial after being deemed mentally unfit.

Michael Ebrecht of Maryville, Missouri, was charged with sexual misconduct with a child under the age of 15 after he allegedly assaulted two children who were 9 and 10 at the time the incidents occurred in May of 2017.

While being investigated, law enforcement officers noted that the man was having difficulty understanding his Miranda Rights and appeared to have a cognitive disability. A mental evaluation was ordered for Ebrecht the day after the charge was filed in June.

On Oct. 3, after corresponding with the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Judge W. Douglas Thomson of Nodaway County ruled that the man has a mental disease or defect and would not be able to understand the proceedings or properly defend himself.

“Accordingly, these criminal proceedings are suspended and defendant is committed to the Director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health,” Thomson wrote in the court records.

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