Friday, August 15, 2014

Iowa Lawmaker Arrested // Charged with Felony Sexual Abuse

Representative Henry Rayhons (R) of Garner, IA, was arrested today and charged with sexual abuse. The 78-year-old Republican legislator is accused of having sex with his mentally incompetent wife on May 23, 2014, in her room at a nursing home:
The complaint said that Rayhons was told on May 15 that Donna Rayhons did not have the cognitive ability to give consent to any sexual activity. On May 23, Henry Rayhons went into his wife's room and pulled the curtain closed, the complaint said. Donna Rayhon's roommate told authorities that she "heard noises indicating to her that" Henry Rayhons was having sex with Donna Rayhons, the complaint said. Surveillance video showed Henry Rayhons leaving his wife's room and discarding undergarments into a laundry bag, the complaint said.
News sources reported in June 2014 that Mrs. Rayhons' daughter was awarded temporary guardianship and conservatorship and implied that "certain issues (had) arisen" involving various family members that necessitated this transfer of decision-making power.

Rayhons eventually announced his retirement from the legislature on 08/04/14. This announcement was made 11 days before the deadline for getting a new candidate on the general election ballot. Donna Rayhons died on 08/08/14.

Rep. Rayhons was charged with 3rd degree sexual abuse, which is a Class C felony. This criminal case will be prosecuted by the Iowa Attorney General's Office.

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