Hale v. State, No. 30825

Docket NºNo. 30825
Citation248 Ind. 630, 230 N.E.2d 432
Case DateOctober 18, 1967

Page 432

230 N.E.2d 432
248 Ind. 630
Jack HALE, Appellant,
v.
STATE of Indiana, Appellee.
No. 30825.
Supreme Court of Indiana.
Oct. 18, 1967.

[248 Ind. 631]

Page 433

Roy Dempsey, Patrick N. Ryan and Jack B. Welchons, Marion, for appellant.

John J. Dillon, Atty. Gen., Raymond I. Klagiss, Deputy Atty. Gen., for appellee.

HUNTER, Chief Justice.

The appellant was convicted by a jury of assault and battery with intent to gratify sexual desires on a twelve (12) year old girl under Ind.Ann.Stat. § 10--403 (Supp.1967). The first issue presented by the appellant raises the question of the sufficiency of the evidence to satisfy the requisite intent.

The applicable rules of law are well settled in this regard. The leading case of Baker v. State (1956), 236 Ind. 55, 138 [248 Ind. 632] N.E.2d 641 clearly defines our duty as to questions concerning the sufficiency of the evidence. While this Court will not weigh the evidence, it must be determined if there was substantial evidence. Substantial evidence means more than 'seeming or imaginary'. A verdict on which reasonable men might differ will not be set aside. However, if no reasonable man could find that the evidence has proved the accused guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, then the verdict is not sustained by sufficient evidence. Furthermore proof beyond a reasonable doubt is more than proof by a preponderance of the evidence. Baker v. State, supra; Epps v. State (1963), 244 Ind. 515, 526, 192 N.E.2d 459; Anderson v. State (1959), 239 Ind. 372, 378, 156 N.E.2d 384.

In the facts at bar the appellant was charged under § 10--403, supra, which provides in part:

'That whenever * * * any person removes, tears, unbuttons * * * or attempts to remove, tear, unbutton or unfasten any clothing of any child of the opposite sex * * * who is of the age

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of 16 years or under, with the intent to gratify the sexual desires or appetites of the offending person * * *'

As stated in Markiton v. State (1957), 236 Ind. 232, 235--236, 139 N.E.2d 440, this statute prohibits an acts when coupled with the necessary intent. Both must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

In viewing the question of intent this Court must look only to the evidence favorable to the State. The record supports the following:

The appellant while not a stranger to the young girl enticed her into his truck while she was on her way home from school. The truck was a van type with small window on the back doors. The driving area of the truck was separated from the back by a curtain. There was a mattress in the back of the truck with other miscellaneous things. The appellant had [248 Ind. 633] offered the young girl some hamburgers; even though she initially refused, the appellant lifted her into the truck. After they were in the rear of the truck, the young girl removed her sweater when the appellant asked her if she were not too hot. Then the appellant proceeded to unbutton her blouse and removed her panties. Soon thereafter a policeman peered through the back window of the truck and saw the young girl with nothing on except her skirt. The policeman went around to the front of the truck and after the girl was more fully dressed, had the appellant and the young girl come to the outside. The police found the panties under the mattress which at various times the young girl identified as her panties. Immediately after coming from the truck and at the police station the appellant, when accused of the above acts, offered neither of the explanations which he later gave at the trial. The appellant contended that he had bought the young girl a new blouse but only one blouse was in the truck and that was the one which the young girl was wearing. All who later saw the blouse testified that it was not a new blouse.

The appellant contends that this case is similar to Markiton v. State, supra, where this Court found a failure of proof in regard to the requisite intent under § 10--403, supra. However, the facts in that case are readily distinguishable from the facts at bar in that the girl's father was involved and the two daughters testified that the acts occurred while the father was...

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  • People v. Jackson
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (New York)
    • June 12, 1992
    ...331 F.2d 842, 846 [4th Cir.1964]; State v. Patterson, 203 Mont. 509, 662 P.2d 291, 293 [Supreme Ct. of Montana, 1983]; Hale v. State, 248 Ind. 630, 230 N.E.2d 432, 435 [Supreme Ct. of Indiana, 1967]; State v. Shabata, 678 P.2d 785, 788 [Supreme Ct. of Utah, 1984]; State v. Wisniewski, 103 N......
  • Tupper v. Fairview Hospital and Training Center, Mental Health Division
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Oregon
    • November 18, 1976
    ...equivalent of the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. See, (interpreting Indiana Constitution, Art. I, § 12) Hale v. State, 248 Ind. 630, 230 N.E.2d 432, 435 (1967); Sweet v. State, 233 Ind. 160, 117 N.E.2d 745, 746--47 (1954); Hamm v. Review Board of the Indiana Employment Secu......
  • Rowan v. State, No. 380S76
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • March 5, 1982
    ...the police or the prosecution may present grounds for reversal. Birkla v. State, (1975) 263 Ind. 37, 323 N.E.2d 645; Hale v. State, (1967) 248 Ind. 630, 230 N.E.2d 432. A suppression by the prosecution of evidence favorable to an accused violates due process when the evidence is material ei......
  • Com. v. Chapman
    • United States
    • Superior Court of Pennsylvania
    • April 13, 1978
    ...113 Cal.Rptr. 158, 520 P.2d 974, vacated and rev'd upon rehearing, 12 Cal.3d 641, 117 Cal.Rptr. 9, 527 P.2d 361 (1974); Hale v. State, 248 Ind. 630, 230 N.E.2d 432 (1967); Note, "The Right to Independent Testing: A New Hitch in the Preservation of Evidence Doctrine," 75 Col.L.R. 1355 (1975)......
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38 cases
  • People v. Jackson
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (New York)
    • June 12, 1992
    ...331 F.2d 842, 846 [4th Cir.1964]; State v. Patterson, 203 Mont. 509, 662 P.2d 291, 293 [Supreme Ct. of Montana, 1983]; Hale v. State, 248 Ind. 630, 230 N.E.2d 432, 435 [Supreme Ct. of Indiana, 1967]; State v. Shabata, 678 P.2d 785, 788 [Supreme Ct. of Utah, 1984]; State v. Wisniewski, 103 N......
  • Tupper v. Fairview Hospital and Training Center, Mental Health Division
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Oregon
    • November 18, 1976
    ...equivalent of the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. See, (interpreting Indiana Constitution, Art. I, § 12) Hale v. State, 248 Ind. 630, 230 N.E.2d 432, 435 (1967); Sweet v. State, 233 Ind. 160, 117 N.E.2d 745, 746--47 (1954); Hamm v. Review Board of the Indiana Employment Secu......
  • Rowan v. State, No. 380S76
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • March 5, 1982
    ...the police or the prosecution may present grounds for reversal. Birkla v. State, (1975) 263 Ind. 37, 323 N.E.2d 645; Hale v. State, (1967) 248 Ind. 630, 230 N.E.2d 432. A suppression by the prosecution of evidence favorable to an accused violates due process when the evidence is material ei......
  • Com. v. Chapman
    • United States
    • Superior Court of Pennsylvania
    • April 13, 1978
    ...113 Cal.Rptr. 158, 520 P.2d 974, vacated and rev'd upon rehearing, 12 Cal.3d 641, 117 Cal.Rptr. 9, 527 P.2d 361 (1974); Hale v. State, 248 Ind. 630, 230 N.E.2d 432 (1967); Note, "The Right to Independent Testing: A New Hitch in the Preservation of Evidence Doctrine," 75 Col.L.R. 1355 (1975)......
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