Carpentersville Man Convicted in Teen Sex Trial to Be Evaluated
Cole, Bill, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Bill Cole Daily Herald Staff Writer
A judge has ordered a fitness evaluation for a 50-year-old Carpentersville man whose Prozac prescription was uncovered after he was found guilty of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.
The revelation stalled George R. Scanlan's sentencing last week and brings into question his July conviction for aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Ordered by Judge Thomas A. Schemerhorn, the evaluation will consider how much of the mood-altering drug Scanlan took, whether he understood the court proceedings and whether he was able to assist in his defense.
A status hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 20.
Ralph Madsen, Scanlan's attorney, said changing state statutes regarding the use of psychotropic medication like Prozac prompted the review.
"It's a very confused area of law at the moment," he said.
Madsen said he didn't know his client was taking the mood stabilizer. Rather, it was a pre-sentence investigation that revealed Scanlan had been taking Prozac since January.
The Carpentersville man, who became acquainted with a 15-year-old girl on the Internet and had sex with her at a friend's house in Lake in the Hills, testified he thought she was 18. …