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Ex-Pastor Accused of Molesting Has Dementia

JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) - A prosecutor says a 75-year-old former southern Illinois pastor accused of molesting a child more than three years ago has dementia, making it unclear if he'll ever stand trial.

Union County State's Attorney Tyler Edmonds tells the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale (http://bit.ly/1gKMxo8 ) Bill Vandergraph has been deemed unable to assist in his own defense.   A December hearing could decide whether the Alto Pass man should be committed to the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Questions about Vandergraph's mental fitness have been an ongoing debate since after he was accused of sexual misconduct with a 4-year-old child in 2010.  He has pleaded not guilty.   

Edmonds says Vandergraph must register as a sex offender and submit a DNA sample.

Vandergraph once guided fundraising efforts to restore the Bald Knob Cross of Peace. 

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