Kirsten Mustain

Grove Sun

JAY – A Delaware County man charged with raping and impregnating a teenage girl will go to trial next month, court officials said Tuesday.

Tim Mountford, 52, of Grove is free on $15,000 bail.

He was charged in November 2007 in Delaware County District Court with second-degree rape and child sexual abuse.

On September 20, almost three years later, he will go to trial where he could face a life sentence if convicted of child sexual abuse.

Winston Connor II, Mountford’s attorney has referred to his client as "developmentally slow.”

Mountford was ordered to pay child support on the now two-year-old infant after a paternity test determined a 99.99 percent likelihood he is the child's father. He was charged with contempt for failing to pay child support, court records show.

Matina Garner, Mountford’s stepdaughter, has cared for the baby since her birth and is seeking to adopt the child. It is unknown if the adoption is finalized because juvenile adopting records are sealed, he said.

Timothy and his estranged wife, Vicki Mountford were the teenager's legal guardians until the pregnancy and abuse allegation. The victim was placed with the Mountfords after she was raped and impregnated at the age of 11. The victim’s first child, a daughter, was born with birth defects and died within a few weeks after birth.

In that case, Tommy James Isbell, 36, of Jay pleaded guilty in 2004 to four counts of first-degree rape and 12 counts of forcible sodomy and was sentenced to life in prison. He had been having sex with the child since she was 9, according to a Jay Police Department report.

The Mountfords served as foster parents in their home about a block from Grove Middle School from September 25, 1998, to May 22, 2006, and ran a day-care center from February 7, 2002, to July 15, 2006, according to the Department of Human Services.

They stopped accepting foster children and voluntarily closed the day care.

Vicki Mountford filed for divorce in June 2009, according to court records.