State v. Dompier

CourtCourt of Appeals of Oregon
Writing for the CourtRIGGS
Citation764 P.2d 979,94 Or.App. 258
PartiesSTATE of Oregon, Respondent, v. Richard James DOMPIER, Appellant. 10-87-02135; 10-87-03138; 10-87-03139; CA A47160; A47161; A47162.
Decision Date30 November 1988

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764 P.2d 979
94 Or.App. 258
STATE of Oregon, Respondent,
v.
Richard James DOMPIER, Appellant.
10-87-02135; 10-87-03138; 10-87-03139; CA A47160;
A47161; A47162.
Court of Appeals of Oregon.
Argued and Submitted Sept. 30, 1988.
Decided Nov. 30, 1988.

Peter Gartlan, Salem, argued the cause for appellant. With him on the brief was Gary D. Babcock, Public Defender, Salem.

Michael C. Livingston, Asst. Atty. Gen., Salem, argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief were Dave Frohnmayer, Atty. Gen., and Virginia L. Linder, Sol. Gen., Salem.

Before WARDEN, P.J., and GRABER and RIGGS, JJ.

[94 Or.App. 260] RIGGS, Judge.

Defendant appeals his conviction on three counts of sexual abuse in the first degree. He claims that the trial court erred in failing to disqualify the child victim from testifying and in allowing her to

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sit on her foster mother's lap while she testified. We affirm.

Defendant was convicted for sexual abuse of two of his daughters, Andrea and Tosha. Andrea was five years old at the time of the alleged sexual abuse, and seven years old at the trial. When she took the stand, the court found that she was a competent witness. She was able to give the court basic facts about herself, professed to know truth from falsehood and could identify her whereabouts for the previous two years. When the prosecutor asked her about her contact with her father approximately two years before the trial, she began to get upset. She testified that he had "spanked her on the bottom" with a belt, and that "bad things" happened to her when she was alone with him. When she was asked to describe the sequence of events, she began to cry and was unable to answer. The court recessed, and the prosecutor indicated that Andrea had a physical fear of her father which made testimony difficult for her, and he suggested that Andrea be allowed to sit with her foster mother, to increase Andrea's "comfort factor." Defendant objected, on the ground that the image of Andrea with her foster mother on the stand would be too prejudicial, and suggested instead that they take frequent recesses to accommodate Andrea. The trial judge agreed to try another recess and then see if Andrea could complete her testimony.

After Andrea calmed down, she returned to the stand and was able to answer a few more questions. She testified that her father would take her into his bedroom, remove her clothes, put her face-down on the bed, and that she did not like what...

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  • State v. Dye, No. 87929–0.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Washington
    • September 26, 2013
    ...P.2d 44 (Ct.App.1989) (child had dry heaves while testifying at preliminary hearing and had to be taken to restroom); State v. Dompier, 94 Or.App. 258, 260, 764 P.2d 979 (1988) (witness began crying on the stand and was unable to answer questions until foster mother was permitted to enter t......
  • People v. Whitman, No. 04CA1428.
    • United States
    • Colorado Court of Appeals of Colorado
    • November 29, 2007
    ...S.E.2d 802, 816 (1994)(stepmother); State v. Johnson, 38 Ohio App.3d 152, 154, 528 N.E.2d 567, 569 (1986)(relative); State v. Dompier, 94 Or.App. 258, 261, 764 P.2d 979, 980 (1988) (foster parent); Commonwealth v. Pankraz, 382 Pa.Super. 116, 126, 554 A.2d 205 P.3d 379 974, 979 (1989)(grandm......
  • Gadberry v. State, No. CA
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Arkansas
    • June 15, 1994
    ...L.Ed.2d 54 (1990) (trial judge did not err in permitting eight-year-old victim to testify while sitting on aunt's lap); State v. Dompier, 94 Or.App. 258, 764 P.2d 979 (1988) (trial court entitled to permit child victim to testify while sitting on foster mother's lap); Commonwealth v. Pankra......
  • State v. Dompier
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Oregon
    • March 7, 1989
    ...595 770 P.2d 595 307 Or. 514 State v. Dompier (Richard James) NOS. A47160, S35854 Supreme Court of Oregon MAR 07, 1989 94 Or.App. 258, 764 P.2d 979 DENIED. ...
4 cases
  • State v. Dye, No. 87929–0.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Washington
    • September 26, 2013
    ...P.2d 44 (Ct.App.1989) (child had dry heaves while testifying at preliminary hearing and had to be taken to restroom); State v. Dompier, 94 Or.App. 258, 260, 764 P.2d 979 (1988) (witness began crying on the stand and was unable to answer questions until foster mother was permitted to enter t......
  • People v. Whitman, No. 04CA1428.
    • United States
    • Colorado Court of Appeals of Colorado
    • November 29, 2007
    ...S.E.2d 802, 816 (1994)(stepmother); State v. Johnson, 38 Ohio App.3d 152, 154, 528 N.E.2d 567, 569 (1986)(relative); State v. Dompier, 94 Or.App. 258, 261, 764 P.2d 979, 980 (1988) (foster parent); Commonwealth v. Pankraz, 382 Pa.Super. 116, 126, 554 A.2d 205 P.3d 379 974, 979 (1989)(grandm......
  • Gadberry v. State, No. CA
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Arkansas
    • June 15, 1994
    ...L.Ed.2d 54 (1990) (trial judge did not err in permitting eight-year-old victim to testify while sitting on aunt's lap); State v. Dompier, 94 Or.App. 258, 764 P.2d 979 (1988) (trial court entitled to permit child victim to testify while sitting on foster mother's lap); Commonwealth v. Pankra......
  • State v. Dompier
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Oregon
    • March 7, 1989
    ...595 770 P.2d 595 307 Or. 514 State v. Dompier (Richard James) NOS. A47160, S35854 Supreme Court of Oregon MAR 07, 1989 94 Or.App. 258, 764 P.2d 979 DENIED. ...

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