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Case No. 18-1260

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State of Iowa
Brandon D. Ruiz


State of Iowa


Brandon D. Ruiz

Attorneys for Appellee

Thomas E. Bakke, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Theresa R. Wilson, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 07, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Joel W. Barrows and Tom Reidel, Judges.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ.   Opinion by Potterfield, P.J. (5 pages)


            Brandon Ruiz appeals from his conviction of sexual abuse in the second degree following a trial to the bench.  Ruiz maintains the district court erred by allowing the State to amend the trial information to add wholly new or different charges after the speedy-indictment deadline had passed.  OPINION HOLDS: The court’s decision to allow the State to amend the trial information to include six more counts than the initial trial information was in error, but the error was harmless since Ruiz was convicted of just one count—as he was initially charged.  We affirm.

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