State v. Coble (Majority, with Dissenting)Annotate this Case
Appellant brought a criminal charge against Appellee, alleging that Appellee had engaged in sexual indecency with a child, in violation of Ark. Code Ann. 5-14-110(a)(4)(C). After a jury trial, the circuit court directed a verdict in Appellant’s favor. The State appealed, challenging the trial court’s interpretation of the criminal statute. Specifically, the State argued that the circuit court did not err in determining what is meant by the phrase “another person” in section 5-14-110(a)(4)(C). The Supreme Court accepted the appeal and affirmed the circuit court’s decision, holding that the circuit court did not err in its determination of what is meant by the phrase “another person” in the criminal statute.