Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tim Mountford Arrested for Rape of Minor

A Delaware County man accused of raping and impregnating a 14-year-old girl in his legal custody will go to trial in October on those charges.

Tim Mountford, 51, of Grove is free on $150,000 bail. He is charged in Delaware County District Court with second-degree rape and child sexual abuse.

Mountford was ordered to stand trial on Oct. 12 during a court hearing on Monday. He could face up to a life sentence if convicted of child sexual abuse.

Mountford has declined to comment on the case based on the advice of his attorney, Winston Connor II, who has referred to his client as "developmentally slow” and said he “does not function as a 50-year-old.”

He was ordered to pay child support on the now 15-month-old infant after a paternity test determined a 99.99 percent likelihood he is the child's father. Matina Garner, Mountford’s stepdaughter is attempting to adopt the child.

Tim and his estranged wife, Vicki Mountford became the legal guardians of the victim after she was raped and impregnated at the age of 11. Vicki Mountford filed for divorce in June, according to court records.

In that case, Tommy James Isbell, 36, of Jay pleaded guilty in 2004 to four counts of first-degree rape and 12 counts of forcible sodomy and was sentenced to life in prison. He had been having sex with the child since she was 9, according to a Jay Police Department report.

The victim’s first child, a daughter, was born with birth defects and died a few weeks after birth.

The Mountfords served as foster parents in their home about a block from Grove Middle School from Sept. 25, 1998, to May 22, 2006, and ran a day-care center from Feb. 7, 2002, to July 15, 2006, according to the Department of Human Services.

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