State v. Eddy

321 P.3d 12 (2014)

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State v. Eddy

Kansas Supreme Court
321 P.3d 12 (2014)

  • Written by Sharon Feldman, JD

Facts

A.E. was the four-year-old granddaughter of Rasmus Eddy (defendant). A.E. visited Eddy for a few days at Eddy’s request. Afterwards, A.E. told her mother, other relatives, and a sexual-assault nurse that she had seen naked adults on Eddy’s computer and Eddy had touched and licked her vagina. A.E. repeated these allegations to the police four weeks later. Eddy admitted he had allowed A.E. to view pornography and explained he had rubbed baby oil on a sore on the child’s labia and A.E. had climbed over his head while naked, causing contact with her vaginal area. Eddy added that A.E. had grabbed his penis twice. Eddy was convicted of sex offenses. On appeal, Eddy argued that the district court erred in denying his request for a psychological evaluation of A.E. Eddy maintained that A.E.’s mother was in a heated custody dispute with A.E.’s father and wanted to frame Eddy for sex abuse, A.E. was an impressionable child who was with her mother for a month before giving a statement to law enforcement, and A.E.’s allegations were uncorroborated.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Johnson, J.)

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