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Case No. 21-1812

State of Iowa
v.
Jorge Maldonado

County:
Johnson

Appellee

State of Iowa

Appellant

Jorge Maldonado

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

David R. Fiester

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
21-1812
Date Published:
Mar 08, 2023
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Johnson County, Chad Kepros, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Bower, C.J., and Badding and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Badding, J.  (22 pages)

            Jorge Maldonado appeals his convictions on four counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of second-degree sexual abuse.  He argues (1) the district court erred in admitting a forensic interview of one of the children under the residual exception to the rule against hearsay, and (2) there was insufficient evidence that he performed a sex act with the children or that the oldest child’s post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious injury.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm Maldonado’s convictions, finding the forensic interview was properly admitted under the residual exception and Maldonado’s convictions enjoy substantial evidentiary support.

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