A Clay County teenager was waived to adult court Tuesday amid allegations of attempted rape.
According to information provided by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, Paul Allen Randall, 17, was undergoing counseling for undisclosed prior juvenile criminal matters when information came to light regarding his involvement in the attempted rape of a minor child in September 2009.
Due to the severity of the charge, the prior criminal history, the state's perceived threat of the suspect to the community and the belief Randall was beyond the rehabilitation resources available in the juvenile system, officials requested Randall be waived out of juvenile court and into Clay County Circuit Court as an adult.
Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout presided over the juvenile court proceedings and the initial adult court proceedings Tuesday. Randall appeared with his court-appointed attorney Charles Hear, who was also reappointed to act as defense attorney during the subsequent adult proceedings. Deputy Prosecutor Mark Greenwell presented the charging information, possible penalties and the defendant's rights to the court.
According to court information, Randall waived his rights and voluntarily provided a factually based guilty plea in court to a class B felony attempted rape charge.
Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger, who is unable to comment on the specifics of the pending Randall case, told The Brazil Times a juvenile's criminal record remains sealed and are not made available for public scrutiny even if that juvenile is waived to adult court.
However, some details about the allegations a juvenile may have committed and has been charged with in adult court can be released. But the name of any juvenile victim, according to Reberger, would not be released.
Trout entered a judgment of conviction, ordered the probation officer to prepare and file a pre-sentencing recommendation report and set the matter for a sentencing hearing on April 26.
Randall was released from the custody of the juvenile detention facility and into the custody of the Clay County Sheriff's Department for processing by jail officials. Randall remains incarcerated on a $25,000 cash bond with no 10-percent allowed while awaiting further court proceedings.