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HOWELL -- A 9-year-old Howell boy accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old on a Howell Public Schools bus last May will undergo a competency hearing and a sex offender risk evaluation before his trial, set for next month.
The boy has repeatedly declared his innocence, his attorney, James Balmforth of Howell, said during the nearly two-hour pretrial hearing Tuesday in Livingston Juvenile Court.
The boy, who stood slightly over waist high to his attorney, wore black tennis shoes, tan khaki pants and a white thermal shirt, and was attentive at the defendant's table. He sat quietly as Judge Carol Hackett Garagiola placed limitations on him and ordered a trial for him Nov. 26.