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Iowa Supreme Court to Review Former School Counselor's Sex Abuse Conviction

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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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