A man accused of inappropriately touching an 8-year-old girl in 2011 appeared Tuesday in Columbus Recorder's Court on the child molestation accusation.
It took more than a year for police to arrest 21-year-old Antwon Carter on an outstanding warrant, Columbus police Detective Mark Richards said. Arrested Saturday, Carter pleaded not guilty in Recorder's Court and was ordered held on $20,000 in bond, authorities said.
The delay in Carter's arrest partially stems from questions about his competency, the detective said. According to Richards, police wanted to determine Carter's "cognitive level" after the allegations were made, but were unable to interview him because his family said they intended to hire an attorney. That led to the arrest warrant.
"Normally, we wouldn't have gone this far if we'd had the defendant there or made an evaluation," Richards said.
Carter has a history of admitting to crimes he didn't commit, the detective said. In one case, Carter told police he abducted an 8-year-old boy, took him home and killed him. The allegation proved false, Richards said.
The 2011 allegations are different because a witness walked in on Carter touching the girl, Richards said.
The girl was staying overnight at someone else's home when she woke up in the middle on the night, the detective said.
"The defendant was inappropriately touching her," Richards added. "Skin-to-skin contact."
Richards said another person then walked into the room, and Carter stopped touching the girl. The girl then told someone what happened, and police were contacted.