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Case No. 16-1684

State of Iowa
v.
Bradley Elroy Wickes

The defendant appeals from his conviction for sexual exploitation by a school employee. Iowa Code section 709.15(3)(a)(1) (2015). He argues: (1) there was insufficient evidence to support the conviction because the conduct in question was “merely nonsexual hugs”; (2) there was insufficient evidence of a pattern, practice, or scheme of conduct to engage in sexual exploitation by a school employee when there was only one alleged victim and the conduct merely involved a few hugs; (3) the district court used the incorrect standard when ruling on his motion for new trial, and it failed to independently weigh witness credibility; (4) the district court had discretion to defer judgment and suspend the sentence, but it abused its sentencing discretion when it sentenced the defendant “to prison for hugs”; and (5) if the appellate court concludes the district court had no discretion to defer judgment or to suspend the defendant’s five-year sentence, then the sentencing statute constitutes cruel and unusual punishment under the State and Federal Constitutions as applied to the facts of this case.

County:
Clinton

Appellee

State of Iowa

Appellants

Bradley Elroy Wickes

Attorneys for Appellee

Louis S. Sloven

Attorneys for Appellants

Eric D. Puryear
Eric S. Mail

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule

15-15-5

Nov 13, 2017 1:30 PM

Briefs

Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
16-1684
Date Published:
Mar 30, 2018
Date Amended:
Jun 15, 2018

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