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William Arthur Blake Sr., 54

The Gretna man accused of sexually abusing a ten-year-old girl had his preliminary hearing in Pittsylvania Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court continued as the defense has moved to evaluate him for competency to stand trial. 

According to Commonwealth Attorney Bryan Haskins, William Arthur Blake, Sr., 54, who faces a possible 65-year sentence, is being mentally evaluated for his ability to stand trial at the motion of his court-appointed defense attorney, Mike Nicholas.

Blake was arrested in April after a ten-year-old girl came forward with consistent allegations that he had touched her in her "private areas" on three occasions between May 2019 and January 2020, according to court records.

Blake faces three charges of aggravated sexual battery and one count of assaulting a police officer, which stems from an alleged incident in the Pittsylvania County Jail.

According to documents obtained from the Pittsylvania General District Court, while in jail under no bond, Blake assaulted and battered Deputy C. H. Delappe who was working as a jail guard in Blake's holding area on April 27.

Blake's preliminary hearing has been continued to October 7.

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