Steven Moulton, the son of embattled Morton junior high history teacher Michael Moulton, was ordered Thursday to undergo a mental-competency evaluation at Western State Hospital in Tacoma so he can later be arraigned for first-degree burglary in Lewis County Superior Court.
Prosecutors charged Moulton with burglary last month after he allegedly broke into a public bathroom stall June 25 at Gust Backstrom City Park in Morton and assaulted an 8-year-old boy. According to charging documents, Moulton punched the boy in the face and covered his mouth to keep him from screaming.
The boy’s grandfather said he heard the screams and dragged Moulton away.
Upon his initial Nov. 16 appearance in court, Moulton was released into the custody of his father on a $25,000 unsecured bond.
David Arcuri, Moulton’s defense attorney, said it could take three to six months for Western State to complete a competency evaluation because Moulton is not in custody. Moulton is scheduled to appear in court March 10 whether the evaluation is complete or not .
Moulton will not enter a plea to his charge until his evaluation is complete.
Because nothing was stolen, Moulton’s burglary charge is unusual .
Michael Moulton’s teaching certificate was suspended by the state for three years at the beginning of the school year on accusations of inappropriately touching students. He is on paid leave from the school.