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State of North Dakota v. Jenelle Denise Chase

IN THE SUPREME COURT STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA


January 23, 2013

STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA,
PLAINTIFF AND APPELLEE
v.
JENELLE DENISE CHASE, DEFENDANT AND APPELLANT

Appeal from the District Court of Morton County, South Central Judicial District, the Honorable Cynthia M. Feland, Judge.

Per curiam.

N.D. Supreme CourtState v. Chase, 2013 ND 6

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AFFIRMED.

Per Curiam.

[¶1] Jenelle Chase appeals the trial court's judgment of conviction finding her guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child. Chase was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child after allegedly sexually abusing her stepson over a year's period of time.

[¶2] Chase argues the State is required to prove that the three or more sexual acts occurred on separate dates and failed to do so. We affirm under N.D.R.App.P. 35.1(a)(3), holding the verdict is supported by substantial evidence.

[¶3] Chase also argues the jury instructions were improper because they did not require the jury to unanimously agree on which acts constituted the sexual abuse before making a finding of guilt. We affirm under N.D.R.App.P. 35.1(a)(7). See State v. Gomez, 2011 ND 29, ¶ 10, 793 N.W.2d 451 (holding the trial court properly instructed the jury that it "must unanimously agree that any combination of three or more acts or contacts occurred" and does "not need to unanimously agree which three acts or contacts occurred").

[¶4] Gerald W. VandeWalle, C.J. Mary Muehlen Maring Daniel J. Crothers Dale V. Sandstrom Carol Ronning Kapsner

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