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Judge: Man mentally unfit for peacock molestation trial

Updated: June 26, 2013 1:43PM



A Roselle man charged with sexually molesting his pet peacock is mentally unfit to stand trial on the misdemeanor animal cruelty charge he faces, a DuPage County judge ruled Wednesday.

Judge Alex McGimpsey ordered David Beckmann, 64, to undergo psychological treatment at a locked mental health center.

McGimpey made the ruling after a court-appointed psychologist determined Beckmann wasn’t capable of understanding the charges against him or able to cooperate with his attorney.

Beckmann was arrested May 7 by police investigating a report that he had tried to solicit sex from a teenager.

While being questioned, he allegedly told investigators he earlier had sexually molested his pet peacock, Phyl. Police found the bird’s body in his garage.

Beckmann also faces charges of misdemeanor indecent solicitation of a child.

His attorney has said Beckmann suffers from serious mental illness. Beckmann after his arrest initially was involuntarily committed for six days to a psychiatric medical center for treatment.



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