A Grove man accused of raping and impregnating a 14-year-old girl stood silent Thursday during a court hearing.

Timothy Joe Mountford, 51, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in April and appeared before District Judge Robert Haney for his district court arraignment. He was ordered to return to court in August where a trial date will be set.

He is charged in Delaware County District Court with felony second-degree rape and sexual abuse. He is free on $150,000 bail.

Mountford, who could face up to a life sentence if convicted of child sexual abuse, has repeated declined to comment on the advice of his attorney, Winston Connor II.

Connor has referred to his client as "developmentally slow” and said he “does not function as a 50-year-old.”

Timothy and Vicki Mountford were the teenager’s legal guardians until the abuse and pregnancy were discovered.  She has since been removed.

In December, Special Judge Alicia Littlefield ordered Mountford to pay $203 a month in child support and $51 a month toward the $1,624 due in past child support after a DNA test showed there is a 99.99 percent chance Mountford is the infant girl’s father.

The infant was born May 28, 2008 according to court records.

Matina Garner, Mountford’s stepdaughter has cared for the infant girl since her birth and is seeking to adopt the child.

The teenage victim was placed in the Mountford home because she had previously been sexually abused, which resulted in a pregnancy at the age of 11.

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 in prison, court records show.

Isbell confessed to having had sex with the child since she was 9.

The victim’s first child, a daughter, was born with birth defects and died a few months after birth.

By Sheila Stogsdill

sheilastogsdill@sbcglobal.net.