Man undergoes mental health evaluation for sexual assault of beaver

Man undergoes mental health evaluation for sexual assault of beaver

The lawyer of a man accused of sexually violating a beaver in Columbia Park has requested a mental health evaluation for his client.

Richard Delp, 35, was arraigned on charges of felony animal cruelty and possession of methamphetamine on Sept. 13 in Benton County Superior Court.

A woman said she found the beaver on the side of the road after it was run over by a car on Sept. 3. She left to grab some supplies so she could try to save the animal and found Delp lying down next to it with his pants unzipped when she returned, court documents say.

When police arrested Delp, they found a loaded syringe on his person.

His lawyer requested a mental health evaluations over concerns that his client may not be competent to stand trial. The evaluation was done on Tuesday Oct. 23, and the results should be released within one or two weeks, according to the Benton County Prosecutor’s Office.

A trial date will not be set pending the results of the evaluation.

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