Sidney Man’s Arraignment on Rape Charge Postponed

Updated 2 years ago

The arraignment of a 23-year-old Sidney man charged with video recording the sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl he was babysitting has been delayed again. Eric Bard was scheduled to enter a plea at an arraignment scheduled for Tuesday on 21 counts, but the court proceeding was postponed. It has been more than eight months since Bard was accused of assaulting the girl. The Kennebec Journal, reports that Bard’s attorney told a judge that a competency evaluation of Bard’s mental health indicated “some rudimentary issues.” Prosecutors did not object to the postponement. The judge scheduled a May 28 competency hearing for Bard. Bard remains in jail on high bail. Authorities say they found recordings of the alleged assault on Bard’s cellphone.


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