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Case No. 20-0464

State of Iowa
Justice Mathis

Justice Mathis seeks further review of the court of appeals opinion affirming his convictions for three counts of second-degree sexual abuse. The court of appeals found there was sufficient evidence to support his convictions and that while it was error to instruct the jury “[t]here is no requirement that the testimony of an alleged victims of sexual offenses be corroborated,” the error was harmless.



State of Iowa


Justice Mathis

Attorney for the Appellee

Tyler J. Buller

Attorney for the Appellant

Theresa R. Wilson,

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Feb 23, 2022 1:30 PM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 18, 2022
Date Amended:
May 13, 2022

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 03, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Decatur County, Dustria A. Relph, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Mullins, P.J., and May and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by May, J.  (8 pages)

            Justice Mathis appeals his convictions for three counts of second-degree sexual abuse.  He challenges the sufficiency of the evidence and a jury instruction.  OPINION HOLDS: The State presented sufficient evidence to support Mathis’s convictions.  The district court erred in submitting the challenged instruction, but the error was harmless.

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