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Effort to commit Gifford shot down
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MONROE - A 17-year-old deemed incompetent to stand trial on charges of sexual assault can continue to stay in his foster home despite allegations that his foster parents were "hostile" to visiting caseworkers, a judge ruled Friday, June 7. The hour-and-a-half hearing in Green County Circuit Court revealed a troubled past for the defendant, Michael Peter Gifford, and concluded with agreement between the defense and prosecution that the company entrusted with monitoring him had overstepped its authority and failed to support its case that he needs in-patient treatment. Gifford, formerly of Monroe, has been staying with a couple in Albany since January, when he was charged with repeated sexual assault, child abuse, incest, second-degree sexual assault and battery.