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Upon the Petition of

March 27, 2013

UPON THE PETITION OF SHELLI ANN WILSON, PETITIONER-APPELLEE, AND CONCERNING GREG EDWARD WILSON, RESPONDENT-APPELLANT.


Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Story County, Dale E. Ruigh, Judge.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Bower, J.

Greg Wilson appeals from the district court order granting Shelli Wilson's petition for relief from domestic abuse. AFFIRMED.

Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and Bower, JJ.

Greg Wilson appeals from the district court order granting Shelli Wilson's petition for relief from domestic abuse. He contends the district court erred in finding Shelli proved by a preponderance of the evidence that he committed an act of domestic abuse. Shelli requests an award of her appellate attorney fees.

Because Shelli met her burden of proving Greg committed an act of domestic abuse, we affirm the district court's order.

I. Background Facts and Proceedings.

Greg and Shelli are married with four children. They share a home together in Ames. Greg works as an advanced software developer, and Shelli is a stay-at-home mom.

On April 17, 2012, Shelli filed a petition for relief from domestic abuse. It alleged that Greg had physically abused the children, hitting one child on the face and slapping another on the hand. It also alleged Greg had verbally abused her, he had verbally abused the children, and Shelli feared for her safety. The district court dismissed the petition without a hearing.

The following day, Shelli filed a second petition for relief from domestic abuse. This time Shelli alleged Greg had sexually abused her. She also alleged Greg had threatened her, and she feared for her physical safety. When asked to list the most recent injury and/or nonconsensual sexual experience, Shelli wrote:

April 1, 2012 I found broken antique glass in my tub. Greg yelled at me for my surprised reaction. Later he decided to pour a bath for me. I asked if glass was out. He assured me that it was clean. I got in & felt glass chips all over the bottom of the tub. After I sat down, I realized I had glass in my buttocks & found large chunks of glass still in [the] tub. Later, he wanted sex while [I was] in pain.

When asked to describe other injuries or threats received from Greg, Shelli wrote:

Greg badgers me to have sex and won't stop until he gets it and rubs himself on me when I say no.

Greg grabs my breast or touches my vagina even when asked not to multiple times.

Greg plays with his switchblade in front of us and has guns in our bedroom.

Shelli was granted a temporary protective order, and the case was scheduled for ...


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