H.K.R. v. Stemmons, No. WD 70560.

CourtCourt of Appeal of Missouri (US)
Writing for the CourtKaren King Mitchell
Citation295 S.W.3d 220
PartiesH.K.R., Respondent, v. Avery STEMMONS, Appellant.
Decision Date13 October 2009
Docket NumberNo. WD 70560.
295 S.W.3d 220
H.K.R., Respondent,
v.
Avery STEMMONS, Appellant.
No. WD 70560.
Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District.
October 13, 2009.

[295 S.W.3d 221]

H.K.R. pro se.

Steven R. Schanker, Kansas City, MO, for Appellant.

Before Division III: THOMAS H. NEWTON, Chief Judge, and JAMES E. WELSH and KAREN KING MITCHELL, Judges.

KAREN KING MITCHELL, Judge.


Avery Stemmons appeals an adverse entry of a full order of protection under Missouri's Adult Abuse Act. On appeal, Stemmons argues that section 455.020.1,1 the statute under which the order was entered, is inapplicable to him. Because Stemmons is neither a "present or former adult family or household member" of Respondent, and because the alleged acts do not amount to stalking, we reverse and remand with instructions to vacate the full order of protection.

Factual and Procedural Background

We review the evidence in the light most favorable to the circuit court's order. Cuda v. Keller, 236 S.W.3d 87, 89 n. 1 (Mo.App. W.D.2007). Respondent's allegations were recited both at a hearing and in a written statement attached to her petition for a protective order. Respondent operated a self-storage complex at which Stemmons was a tenant. She alleged that, on December 5, 2008, she called Stemmons to remind him that his rent was due. Although Respondent made it clear that she allowed payment over the phone by credit card, Stemmons said he would go to the bank, get cash for the rent, and bring it to her immediately.

When Stemmons arrived at Respondent's office and paid his rent, Respondent began telling him that he could have his monthly payment automatically billed to a credit card and that Stemmons would receive a discount if he set up autopay. Stemmons asked Respondent to explain

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autopay and Respondent turned her computer screen so that Stemmons could see what she was explaining. Stemmons indicated several times that he did not understand, so Respondent repeatedly explained it to him. Stemmons came around to Respondent's side of the desk at least three times, asking how autopay would work. He stood close to Respondent and looked at her computer screen. Respondent moved her chair away from him, looked up at Stemmons, and explained how to set up autopay. At that point, Respondent noticed nothing unusual about Stemmons's appearance. When Stemmons returned to the customer side of the desk the final time, however, Respondent looked up to find that Stemmons's penis was exposed. His pants were up, but his penis was protruding through the open zipper. Respondent turned away and said, "Okay, goodnight." Stemmons said, "Goodnight, Ms. [H.]. Thank you." Stemmons left the office without Respondent looking at him again.

Stemmons had been a customer of the storage complex since October 2008. He had been in Respondent's office at least twice before the incident on December 5. Respondent did not allege that Stemmons engaged in improper conduct on any other occasion. Twelve days after the incident, on December 17, 2008, Respondent reported the incident to authorities, and the next day she petitioned the Circuit Court of Platte County for an order of protection against Stemmons. In her petition, she checked a box stating that she and Stemmons "have no relationship other than [Stemmons] has stalked me." She also checked a box indicating that the two have "never resided together." Respondent alleged that Stemmons had knowingly and intentionally sexually assaulted her by exposing himself to her and "coming around to my [seat] and standing close to me."

The trial court entered an ex parte order of protection on December 18, 2008. It then entered an extended order on December 23, 2008. On...

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  • A.S v. Decker, No. WD 71680
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Missouri (US)
    • August 10, 2010
    ...was: (1) subjected to abuse by a present or former adult family or household member or (2) subjected to stalking.” H.K.R. v. Stemmons, 295 S.W.3d 220, 223 (Mo.App. W.D.2009). “Because there is real harm that can result in abusing the Adult Abuse Act and its provisions, including the stigma ......
  • L.M.D. v. D.W.D., WD 80845
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Missouri (US)
    • February 27, 2018
    ...was: (1) subjected to abuse by a present or former adult family or household member or (2) subjected to stalking." H.K.R. v. Stemmons , 295 S.W.3d 220, 223 (Mo. App. W.D. 2009).Because there is real harm that can result in abusing the Adult Abuse Act and its provisions, including the stigma......
  • Traxel v. Traxel, No. WD 70121.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Missouri (US)
    • October 13, 2009
    ...parent intended for the doctors to make any educational or extracurricular decisions for Abigail. At the hearing, Mother was asked: 295 S.W.3d 220 Q. ... And the—you talked about in sixth grade she needs—you have to find new A. Uh-huh. Q. Okay, and with the recommendation of the doctor on t......
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  • A.S v. Decker, No. WD 71680
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Missouri (US)
    • August 10, 2010
    ...was: (1) subjected to abuse by a present or former adult family or household member or (2) subjected to stalking.” H.K.R. v. Stemmons, 295 S.W.3d 220, 223 (Mo.App. W.D.2009). “Because there is real harm that can result in abusing the Adult Abuse Act and its provisions, including the stigma ......
  • L.M.D. v. D.W.D., WD 80845
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Missouri (US)
    • February 27, 2018
    ...(1) subjected to abuse by a present or former adult family or household member or (2) subjected to stalking." H.K.R. v. Stemmons , 295 S.W.3d 220, 223 (Mo. App. W.D. 2009).Because there is real harm that can result in abusing the Adult Abuse Act and its provisions, including the stigma......
  • Traxel v. Traxel, No. WD 70121.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Missouri (US)
    • October 13, 2009
    ...parent intended for the doctors to make any educational or extracurricular decisions for Abigail. At the hearing, Mother was asked: 295 S.W.3d 220 Q. ... And the—you talked about in sixth grade she needs—you have to find new A. Uh-huh. Q. Okay, and with the recommendation of the doctor on t......

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