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Case No. 21-1212

State of Iowa
Tenko Julius Wilde


State of Iowa


Tenko Julius Wilde

Attorney for the Appellee

Sheryl Soich, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Stuart Hoover

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 21, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Joel Dalrymple, Judge.  AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART, AND REMANDED.  Heard by Tabor, P.J., and Schumacher and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (21 pages)

            Tenko Wilde appeals his convictions for continuous sexual abuse of a child, indecent contact with a child, and four counts of second-degree sexual abuse.  He contends there was insufficient evidence for five of his six convictions.  He also argues the district court abused its discretion in allowing the state to admit bad-acts evidence for identity, motive, and intent purposes.  And he claims the court erred in relying on inadmissible hearsay testimony from two witnesses.  OPINION HOLDS: Because there is substantial evidence in the record for each count, we find sufficient evidence for Wilde’s convictions.  We agree that the bad-acts evidence was inadmissible but find the error harmless.  We also agree that the hearsay testimony was inadmissible.  We find this error prejudicial as to one of Wilde’s second-degree sexual-abuse counts and reverse and remand for a potential new trial for that count.

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