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In re the Detention of Dewayne Bethke
Dewayne Bethke, Respondent-Appellant
Attorney for Appellant
Attorney for Appellee State
Timothy M. Hau, Assistant Attorney General
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Mitchell County, Christopher Foy, Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and May and Greer, JJ. Opinion by Potterfield, P.J. (11 pages)
Dewayne Bethke appeals from the district court ruling granting the State’s petition to civilly commit him as a sexually violent predator. Bethke challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the district court’s findings he suffers from a mental abnormality, as defined by Iowa Code section 229A.2(5) (2017), which makes it more likely than not he will commit another sexually violent act. OPINION HOLDS: Because substantial evidence supports the district court’s determination Bethke is a sexually violent predator, we affirm the district court ruling granting the State’s petition to have him civilly committed.