Judge orders mental exam for sex offender

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — A federal judge has ordered mental evaluation for a convicted sex offender charged with failing to register.

U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers in Oxford, Miss., ordered the exam in a ruling Thursday. The order says the evaluation will be used to determine if Cleve Calloway Gordon is competent to stand trial or was legally insane at the time of the alleged offense.

The 26-year-old Gordon was convicted of sexual battery in 2004. The indictment in the latest case says he failed to update his sex offender registration in Mississippi and didn’t register in Arkansas.

His attorney asked for the evaluation, saying has a long history of mental illness and has attempted to hurt himself since being taken into custody.