A Rockmart man who was accused and indicted by a grand jury of sex crimes against a minor child entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in Polk County Superior Court.
Bryan O'Neal Allred, age 26, was released from police custody on Tuesday and remanded into the custody of the state of Georgia for further mental health evaluations. These evaluations, which are set to occur over the next couple of months will determine whether or not Allred meets the criteria for an involuntary commitment to a state mental health facility.
Upon completion of the mental evaluations, the case will be once again presented to the court for further disposition of the case.
According to information obtained from District Attorney Jack Browning, no "plea deal" was offered to avoid trial but rather the court accepted the insanity plea based on the medical and psychological information that was provided to the court by professionals in their fields.
The medical doctors and professionals that treated Allred have deemed him to be mentally incapable to distinguish the difference between right and wrong at the time of his commission of the offenses for which he was charged.
Allred was initially arrested on February, 28, 2013 as the result of an investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse that occurred from January of 2008 through April of 2009 and involved a female relative who was under 10 years of age at the time.
The charges that were filed against Allred were all felony charges and included two counts of child molestation, two counts of aggravated child molestation, sodomy, aggravated sodomy, first degree cruelty to children and a charge of enticing a child for indecent purposes.
Allred was released from the Polk County jail on Tuesday, June, 18, 2014 after serving 15 months in custody.