Iowa Supreme Court to Review Former School Counselor's Sex Abuse Conviction
By Adam Carros/KCRG-TV9
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court Thursday agreed to review the sexual abuse conviction of former Iowa City school guidance counselor Donald Clark.
Clark, 43, was convicted in 2010 of second-degree sexual abuse and sentenced to 25 years in prison for abusing a Lemme Elementary fifth-grader during the 2003-2004 school year.
The Iowa Court of Appeals upheld that conviction last year. In his appeal, Clark’s attorneys argued he was denied a fair trial because the court refused to continue trial and allow the defense to take more depositions regarding an email written by the victim that wasn’t disclosed to Clark until a few days before trial.
The email didn’t contain new information and the defense had opportunity to cross-examine the victim about the email, according to the ruling. There was nothing in the email which “warranted further investigation, depositions or a continuance of the trial.”
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