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Vt. decide guidelines former NY cop bodily capable of face ’80s intercourse assault case

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) – A judge has ruled that a former New York police detective who said his poor health prevented him from traveling to Vermont to face allegations that he sexually assaulted a girl in the 1980s , be physically able to stand trial.

Seventy-nine-year-old Leonard Forte was charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in his Vermont vacation home in 1987. He was convicted in 1988, but a judge rescheduled the next year, saying the prosecutor was too emotional.

Forte, who now lives in LaBelle, Fla., Has appeared at hearings over the phone for years.

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