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S.C. v. State

Court of Appeals of Arkansas, Division I

May 27, 2015

S.C., APPELLANT
v.
STATE OF ARKANSAS, APPELLEE

Editorial Note:

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the printed official reporter.

APPEAL FROM THE CRAIGHEAD COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, WESTERN DISTRICT. NO. JV-2014-217. HONORABLE LEE FERGUS, JUDGE.

Terry Goodwin Jones, for appellant.

Dustin McDaniel, Att'y Gen., by: LeaAnn J. Adams, Ass't Att'y Gen., for appellee.

BART F. VIRDEN, Judge. GLADWIN, C.J., and HIXSON, J., agree.

OPINION

BART F. VIRDEN, Judge

The Craighead County Circuit Court adjudicated appellant S.C. delinquent for filing a false report of rape.[1] She was sentenced to serve ninety days in juvenile detention and ordered to perform 160 hours of public service, have no contact with the accused, and work on getting her GED. S.C. argues on appeal that the trial court erred in denying her directed-verdict motion.[2] We affirm.

I. Hearing Testimony

Deputy Brian Womack with the Craighead County Sheriff's Office testified that on July 22, 2014, he received a report from S.C. that she had been raped. Womack testified that S.C. told him that she and several friends had gone swimming that afternoon; that the accused was driving her and the others home; that he drove her to a church; that the one other person who had not yet been dropped off stepped out of the car; and that the accused got into the back seat and " forcibly" raped her.

Investigator Ron Richardson with the Craighead County Sheriff's Office testified that he interviewed S.C., who showed him text messages on her cell phone. The following is a text-message string between her and the accused on the day after the incident:

Accused: Goodmorning
S.C.: Wryd
S.C.: Wrud
Accused: At my moms
S.C.: Where does you're ...

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