Garr v. State, No. 31024

Docket NºNo. 31024
Citation227 N.E.2d 171, 248 Ind. 295, 10 Ind.Dec. 608
Case DateJune 19, 1967
CourtSupreme Court of Indiana

Page 171

227 N.E.2d 171
248 Ind. 295
John S. GARR, Appellant,
v.
STATE of Indiana, Appellee.
No. 31024.
Supreme Court of Indiana.
June 19, 1967.

[248 Ind. 296]

Page 172

Ronald V. Aungst, Valparaiso, for appellant.

John J. Dillon, Atty. Gen., Murray West, Deputy Atty. Gen., for appellee.

ARTERBURN, Justice.

This is an appeal from a judgment convicting the appellant of the crime of statutory rape upon a two year old female child. The appellant contends the evidence is not sufficient to sustain the verdict. For that reason, we must to some extent review the evidence and its repulsive features.

Briefly, the evidence shows that the appellant and his wife were at the beach swimming with Mr. Nichols, the father of the child. When the father noticed that the appellant was missing, he drove to his house, where he heard his small daughter crying. He ran upstairs and found the appellant in the bedroom with his child, who was lying half on the bed, with her panties down. The appellant, wearing swimming trunks, immediately left the bedroom and, without making any statement, drove away.

An examination of the child by a physician immediately thereafter revealed semen on the child's private parts and in her vagina. An examination of the appellant's clothes and bathing trunks also disclosed the same staining. The father followed the appellant and after accosting him, hit him. Appellant fled and was later arrested by the police. We feel the evidence is sufficient, without going into further detail, to sustain the conviction.

There are other contentions made with reference to alleged errors of the trial court, but the record does not show any [248 Ind. 297] objections made at the time in the trial court, nor have they been properly presented to this Court for consideration.

One of these contentions is that the appellant was prejudiced by reason of the introduction of a prior sex offense of which he was convicted some years previously. It is contended that this evidence is incompetent because it is alleged to be remote.

In Lamar v. State (1964), 245 Ind. 104, 195 N.E.2d 98, we held that evidence of prior sex offenses was competent. The question as to the weight to be given such evidence is one for the jury. Remoteness may have some bearing upon the weight which the jury might desire to give such evidence. However, the evidence itself is admissible for such weight as the jury might desire to give it. As this Court stated in Watts v. State (1950), 229...

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  • Miller v. Anderson, No. 3:99 CV 258 AS.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 7th Circuit. United States District Court of Northern District of Indiana
    • 19 Junio 2000
    ...the Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Court of Appeals, and United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. See, Garr v. State, 248 Ind. 295, 227 N.E.2d 171 (1967), Hensley v. State, 256 Ind. 258, 268 N.E.2d 90 (1971), Martin v. Grutka, 151 Ind.App. 167, 278 N.E.2d 586 (1972), Kennedy ......
  • Allen v. State, No. 181
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • 23 Febrero 1982
    ...N.E.2d 130. That substantial time had passed goes to the weight of the evidence but does not render it inadmissible. Garr v. State, (1967) 248 Ind. 295, 227 N.E.2d 171; Grey v. State, (1980) Ind., 404 N.E.2d 1348, The evidence complained of did reveal other criminal activity without a subst......
  • Omans v. State, No. 3-280A57
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • 19 Noviembre 1980
    ...supra. That substantial time had passed goes to the weight of the evidence but does not render it inadmissible. See, Garr v. State (1967), 248 Ind. 295, 227 N.E.2d 404 N.E.2d at 1353. For the reasons stated, the judgment of the trial court is affirmed. Affirmed. GARRARD, P. J., and STATON, ......
  • Grey v. State, No. 179S19
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • 29 Mayo 1980
    ...supra. That substantial time had passed goes to the weight of the evidence but does not render it inadmissible. See, Garr v. State, (1967) 248 Ind. 295, 227 N.E.2d ISSUE IV Defendant objected to the trial court's refusal of his tendered instructions[273 Ind. 447] numbered eight and eleven. ......
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7 cases
  • Miller v. Anderson, No. 3:99 CV 258 AS.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 7th Circuit. United States District Court of Northern District of Indiana
    • 19 Junio 2000
    ...the Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Court of Appeals, and United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. See, Garr v. State, 248 Ind. 295, 227 N.E.2d 171 (1967), Hensley v. State, 256 Ind. 258, 268 N.E.2d 90 (1971), Martin v. Grutka, 151 Ind.App. 167, 278 N.E.2d 586 (1972), Kennedy ......
  • Allen v. State, No. 181
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • 23 Febrero 1982
    ...N.E.2d 130. That substantial time had passed goes to the weight of the evidence but does not render it inadmissible. Garr v. State, (1967) 248 Ind. 295, 227 N.E.2d 171; Grey v. State, (1980) Ind., 404 N.E.2d 1348, The evidence complained of did reveal other criminal activity without a subst......
  • Omans v. State, No. 3-280A57
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • 19 Noviembre 1980
    ...supra. That substantial time had passed goes to the weight of the evidence but does not render it inadmissible. See, Garr v. State (1967), 248 Ind. 295, 227 N.E.2d 404 N.E.2d at 1353. For the reasons stated, the judgment of the trial court is affirmed. Affirmed. GARRARD, P. J., and STATON, ......
  • Grey v. State, No. 179S19
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • 29 Mayo 1980
    ...supra. That substantial time had passed goes to the weight of the evidence but does not render it inadmissible. See, Garr v. State, (1967) 248 Ind. 295, 227 N.E.2d ISSUE IV Defendant objected to the trial court's refusal of his tendered instructions[273 Ind. 447] numbered eight and eleven. ......
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