A judge deemed the man accused of raping a child in a Centennial Park bathroom mentally unfit to stand trial at present.
Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins said Scobey Sowell Jr., 64, should be committed to the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute for mental illness treatment.
Police arrested Sowell in May 2008 for allegedly sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy in a bathroom at Centennial Park.
Monte’s decision came following Dr. Rokeya S. Farooque’s testimony that Sowell is schizophrenic and has longstanding mentally illness. Farooque said a brain scan showed Sowell suffers from a type of brain atrophy, which is causing his brain to shrink, a condition that can be treated, she added.
Farooque, a forensic psychiatrist, said Sowell places himself and others in danger and should be admitted under her care for treatment so he can eventually stand trial.
Farooque said Sowell’s condition prevents him from understanding the charges against him. Sowell also suffers from a scrotal hernia that complicates his ability to walk, she said, adding that he has refused treatment for it.
Sowell’s arrest history includes past charges of trespassing, public intoxication and robbery.