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      Quincy standoff suspect in court Wednesday

      Donald â??Rickâ?? Pruett, 52

      The man arrested in a 21-hour standoff with police wore a red and white striped jumpsuit and shackles around his wrists as he was led into the courtroom Wednesday.

      Donald ??Rick?? Pruett, 52, spoke with the court security officer as he filled out paperwork.

      Pruett is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a girl under the age of 13 in a Feb. 12 incident.

      Pruett bowed his head briefly before he began answering the Adams County Judge J. Frank McCartney's questions. He told the judge that he's currently on unemployment and the court appointed a public defender to serve as his attorney.

      Pruett was was moved to the Adams County Jail Tuesday night and was scheduled to appear in Adams County Court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday at 10 a.m., according to jail records.

      In addition to the $50,000 bond, the judge placed a no-contact order with the girl who accused Pruett of assault who was identified only by her initials due to her age.

      Pruett was originally taken to Blessing Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and was eventually transferred to the county jail.

      Pruett was taken in to custody Tuesday after the overnight standoff. Quincy police detectives went to his home Monday afternoon to investigate aggravated criminal sexual abuse allegations concerning a minor child as a victim.

      Pruett was arrested in 2002 on similar charges , but those charges were eventually dropped.

      He is due back in court Feb. 27.