Iowa lawmaker’s attorney issues statement after sex abuse charge


MASON CITY, Iowa – State Representative Henry Rayhons’ attorney Joel Yunek has issued a statement from the Rayhons family in response to his client being charged with 3rd degree sex abuse for having sex with his wife after she allegedly lacked the cognitive ability to consent.

“Our family would like to comment on the very private matter, now made very public by the filing of a criminal charge by the Attorney General’s Office out of Des Moines.”

“We loved Donna.  She filled a gap in dad’s life after our mom died, and dad filled a gap in her life after her husband died.  From what we saw, they truly loved each other and were great for each other.”

“Donna, and all of us, decline over time.  Her daughters chose to put her in a nursing home.  This was their decision, and we respect that decision.”

“We all have relatives in nursing homes, and none of us would say we loved them less because of their location.  And Donna’s location did not change our Dad’s love for Donna nor her love for him.  It did not change their marriage relationship.  And so he continued to have contact with his spouse in the nursing home; who among us would not?”

“We believe that nursing home patients do better, emotionally and physically, with consistent and proper social stimuli from spouses, relatives and friends.  Accusing a spouse of a crime for continuing a relationship with his spouse in a nursing home seems to us to be incredibly illogical and unnatural, as well as incredibly hurtful.”

“We want it to be clear the Attorney General’s Office, not the Hancock County Attorney’s Office, filed these charges.  Whether the motivation for filing is political or monetary, we intend to fight that poisonous motivation in any way we can and clear dad’s name.”

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