from the Iowa District Court for Warren County, Mark F.
Schlenker, District Associate Judge.
Bolden appeals her conviction for one count of second-degree
harassment. REVERSED AND REMANDED.
Harrington of Harrington Law LC, Urbandale, for appellant.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Genevieve Reinkoester,
Assistant Attorney General, for appellee.
Considered by Potterfield, P.J., Doyle, J., and Scott, S.J.
going to straight fuck her up! So tell them that!" Is
this email communication to a third party sufficient to
sustain a conviction for second-degree harassment? That is
the question presented in this appeal. For the reasons that
follow, we determine it is not.
Background Facts and Proceedings.
facts, briefly stated, are as follows: Ciera Bolden answered
an advertisement from three other Simpson College students
seeking a fourth roommate for their on-campus apartment.
After meeting with the women and moving into the apartment, a
conflict developed between Bolden and Stephanie Woodruff, one
of the roommates. Woodruff contacted Tayler Keitzer,
Simpson's area coordinator in residence life who oversaw
all the students living in on-campus apartment complexes,
about the conflict.
asked Bolden to provide a written statement to the
college's conduct board concerning the conflict with
Woodruff. Keitzer later emailed Bolden to remind her of the
As I mentioned during the various times that we communicated
over the weekend, I would like to have a written statement
regarding your perspective of the situations that occurred
Thursday night and Saturday afternoon by 8:00am Monday,
September 19th. Any documentation you can provide will be
helpful in this situation.
Bolden did not submit a written statement as requested,
Keitzer emailed Bolden again, inviting her to discuss the
situation in person with the board:
I would like to give you an opportunity to meet with myself,
Chris Frerichs, and Walter Lain on Wednesday, September 21st
at 2:15pm to discuss your situation and allow you a chance to
talk to us in person, if you'd like. This meeting is to
allow you the space to share your side of the situation with
us, providing your perspective of each incident. After not
receiving your written statement documenting these
situations, I want to reiterate how important and helpful it
is to receive your side of the ...