man held for trial in attack on girl in
brian mccutcheon, 23, waived a hearing. he faces charges
that include attempted murder.
inquirer staff writer
a man accused of attempting to rape and kill an 8-year-old
girl in a center city library on feb. 7 was held for trial yesterday
after he waived a preliminary hearing.
brian mccutcheon, 23, a homeless man who did not make $1 million
bail and is being held, will face trial on charges of attempted
murder and a litany of other offenses.
the victim, who was attacked in a women's restroom at the independence
branch of the free library, remains at children's hospital of
philadelphia. her condition was upgraded last week from critical
to stable. a hospital spokeswoman said this week that no further
information would be made public about the girl's condition.
the girl, a regular visitor to the library, had gone to the
independence branch on seventh street near market with her grandmother
and two other children. she was found by another child wedged
between a toilet and wall, unconscious and partially undressed.
elliott shelkrot, director of the free library of philadelphia,
said on monday that an education fund for the girl has been
set up by library officials and several community groups.
mccutcheon also was a regular visitor at the independence branch.
library officials said mccutcheon had been barred from the
central branch last year for using computers to look at pornography.
in 2001, mccutcheon pleaded guilty to simple assault in an
attack on a 9-year-old girl. that attack had occurred in july
2000 in a restroom at the venice island recreation center in
mccutcheon, a slight man wearing a sweatshirt and baggy blue
pants, told common pleas court judge joseph c. bruno during
a brief court appearance yesterday that he wanted to forgo a
under questioning by his lawyer, public defender everett gillison,
mccutcheon said he had been treated in the past for schizophrenia.
asked about his current state of mind, he said he was feeling
mccutcheon is being held in the health services wing of the
philadelphia detention center.
assistant district attorney deborah harley itemized a list
of charges against mccutcheon that included attempted rape,
attempted sexual assault, aggravated assault, sexual abuse of
children, unlawful restraint, and indecent exposure.
outside the courtroom, gillison was noncommittal when asked
if mccutcheon might plead guilty to some of those charges. "we'll
see," he replied.