Jonathan Markwick, the 17-year-old accused of sexually assaulting three female Carroll University students in September, is competent to stand trial.

Judge Ralph M. Ramirez made his ruling in court on Jan. 13 during a competency hearing after reviewing a doctor's report.

Markwick did not object to the finding.

Markwick, who is from Racine, has been charged with three counts of fourth-degree sexual assault after groping three women who were walking on the Carroll campus during a 90-minute span on Sept. 18. Fourth-degree sexual assault, a Class A misdemeanor, is labeled by state statutes as sexual contact with a person without their consent.

If convicted of the sexual assault charges, Markwick faces nine months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 for each count. Since he was convicted of disorderly conduct in July and August in separate cases in Racine County, his prison term can be increased by two years for each offense.

Markwick pleaded not guilty in November in Waukesha County after serving 62 days in jail in Racine County for an unrelated incident.

A competency exam for Markwick was ordered at a hearing on Dec. 21 after his attorney raised the question. Forensic psychiatrist Robert Rawski evaluated Markwick and declared him competent.

A competency evaluation is given in the courts system to assess a defendant's ability to understand and rationally participate in the case.

In all of the incidents in Waukesha, Markwick came from behind the women, who ranged from 19 to 21 years old, and either grabbed or punched them in their buttocks or crotch areas.

The charges came just four months after he was charged with a similar offense in Racine. He was accused of grabbing a female student's vagina at Racine Horlick High School while he was a student there. That offense, however, was later amended to disorderly conduct, to which Markwick pleaded guilty in July. He only paid a fine as part of his conviction.

Markwick now remains in custody at the Waukesha County Jail on a $750 cash bond. He said in his pretrial assessment that he is homeless and isn't allowed to return to his father's home in Racine.

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