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Competency Exam Ordered for 93-Year-Old Sexual Assault Suspect

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- A 93-year-old Wausau man already sentenced in a decades-long child sexual assault case, will undergo a competency examine before his next case heads to trial.

Edward Heckendorf is accused of grabbing the breasts of a woman in June 2014. He's charged with fourth degree sexual assault. A trial was scheduled to begin Monday, but was delayed as his attorney raised the issue of the elderly suspect's competency.

For his previous conviction of his most serious counts, Heckendorf was sentenced to 20 years in prison and is currently serving his sentence at the Oshkosh Correctional Institution.

A spokesperson from Department of Corrections said Heckendorf is the oldest inmate in the Wisconsin State Prison system.

Heckendorf will return to Marathon County Circuit Court March 22.

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