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Fayetteville Man Found Guilty Of Sexual Abuse, Rape Of Two Children

Posted: June 13, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

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FAYETTEVILLE -- A Fayetteville man, who claimed his mental retardation should absolve him of criminal culpability, was found guilty Thursday of sexually abusing one child and raping another seven years ago.

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Not Guilty By Reason Of Mental Disease Or Defect

A defense asserted by an accused in a prosecution to avoid liability for the commission of a crime because, at the time, the person didn’t appreciate the nature or quality or wrongfulness of the acts. The most common variation is cognitive insanity. Under the test for cognitive insanity, a defendant must have been so impaired by a mental disease or defect at the time of the act that he or she didn’t know the nature or quality of the act, or, if the defendant did know the nature or quality of the act, he or she didn’t know the act was wrong.

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