Boy, 12, ruled unfit to be charged with sex assault

A 12-year-old boy with a history of sexual assault has been deemed mentally incompetent to be charged in another sexual assault investigation, according to a hearing in juvenile court Monday.

Steve Laiche, the attorney for Alex Pankey,  said his client was evaluated in Denver by psychologists who cater to youths.

A review hearing is scheduled for December and the boy’s case will continue to be monitored, Laiche said.

The boy had been banned from contact from anyone younger than 18 when, authorities allege, his mother, Debra Pankey, drove the boy to a girl’s home and the girl was sexually assaulted by the boy.

Debra Pankey, 52, is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor in that case. She is slated to appear in court for a review hearing Dec. 2.

Alex Pankey had been investigated on suspicion of four sexual assaults in 2009–2010. He had pleaded guilty in one case and was awaiting sentencing when he was accused of sexually assaulting another girl on two occasions between July 28 and August 29, police said.


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