Competency evaluation ordered for Sturgis man

A 32-year-old Sturgis man was ordered to be sent to the Michigan Center for Forensic Psychiatry to evaluate his competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility.

Clayton Warren, 32, was arrested April 22 on charges of criminal sexual conduct and producing and putting online child pornography.

Appointed public defender Laurie Hines requested the evaluation in a motion. St. Joseph County Judge Jeff Middleton signed the order on April 29 to await space in a center.

The case developed at the Michigan State Police computer crimes unit in Coldwater after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip regarding Warren’s online presence.

According to court records, the unit found Warren was active between November 2021 and the day before his arrest. Warren allegedly engaged in various sexual acts at least five times with a 10-year-old girl between those dates. All charges are life felonies.

Warren has lived at his Shimmel Road address in Sherman Township since 2019. He had moved there from Marcellus.

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