JAY ó A preliminary hearing for a Grove man accused of raping and impregnating a 14-year-old girl placed in his home by the Department of Human Services after she was raped and impregnated by another man is set for March 6.

Timothy Joe Mountford, 50, is charged in Delaware County District Court in Jay with second-degree rape and child sexual abuse, both felonies. He is free on $150,000 bail.

Walking with a cane, Mountford appeared in court Monday for his preliminary hearing. The state asked for a continuance citing a witness who was scheduled to testify and is medically unable to do so.

Special Judge Alicia Littlefield stated there were several pending issues that needed to be resolved before the court including child support and adoption.

In a related matter, the Department of Human Services filed a petition for paternity and establishment of child support against Mountford in August, according to court records.

The infant was born May 28, according to the petition.

The state is seeking an order establishing Mountford is the father of the infant girl and a $812 judgment against him for past child support in addition to the current monthly amount of $203, the petition states.

Citing the fact that the case has dragged on for over a year, Littlefield said if the state was not ready to proceed in March the case would be dismissed.

According to an affidavit warrant signed in November 2007 by Sgt. Mark Sheridan, Grove Police Department detective, the victim had a seizure at school and was taken to Integris Grove General Hospital.

During the course of the examination, the victim and her foster mother were told the victim was about 11 weeks pregnant, the affidavit states.

When the victim returned home, she confessed to her foster mother that Mountford assaulted her before the current school year began, the affidavit states.

Mountford also confessed to the victimís foster mother about a sexual encounter with the victim, the affidavit states.

PREVIOUSLY RAPED AND PREGNANT

The victim was placed in foster care after she was raped and impregnated when she was 11 years old.

In that case, Tommy James Isbell, 36, of Jay pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree rape and 12 counts of forcible sodomy and was sentenced to life, court records show.

Isbell confessed to having sex with the child since she was 9-years-old, but stated the sexual activity was consensual, according to a Jay Police Department investigative report.

The victim is currently in a second foster home.