Jury begins deliberations in Iowa spousal sex abuse case

GARNER, Iowa (AP) — Jurors have gone home for the day in the trial of a former Iowa lawmaker accused of sexually abusing his wife suffering from dementia.

They will continue deliberating at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Closing arguments were delivered Monday.

Prosecutors say 78-year-old Henry Rayhons had sex with his wife at a nursing home May 23 after being told she was no longer mentally capable of consenting. Rayhons faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of third-degree sexual abuse.

The case centers on the question of when a person is no longer capable of giving consent for sexual relations.

Rayhons, who served nine terms in the Iowa House, testified Friday that he and his wife had no sexual contact on May 23.

His wife, Donna Lou Rayhons, died in August.

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