Newton, IA Police Department – LT Wing – 08 JAN 2022

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Chris Wing <chrisw@newtongov.org> Sat, Jan 8, 2022 at 11:51 PM
To: Michael Merritt < ********************** >
Mr. Merritt,</**********************></chrisw@newtongov.org>

After reviewing the documents you provided I examined them all including the letter in question. I used the following definition as per Iowa code and cannot find anything that would meet this definition. At best the communications between you and Claudia read as a written argument between the two of you. As I stated while I was at your residence I have done a report for this case #22-705 however I will not be forwarding it to the CA’s office as this is not a case of harassment. If you have any other question feel free to reach out to me via email or calling the police department.

Harassment 708.7

1. a. A person commits harassment when, with intent to intimidate, annoy, or alarm another person, the person does any of the following: (1) Communicates with another by telephone, telegraph, writing, or via electronic communication without legitimate purpose and in a manner likely to cause the other person annoyance or harm. (2) Places a simulated explosive or simulated incendiary device in or near a building, vehicle, airplane, railroad engine or railroad car, or boat occupied by another person. (3) Orders merchandise or services in the name of another, or to be delivered to another, without the other person’s knowledge or consent. (4) Reports or causes to be reported false information to a law enforcement authority implicating another in some criminal activity, knowing that the information is false, or reports the alleged occurrence of a criminal act, knowing the act did not occur. (5) Disseminates, publishes, distributes, posts, or causes to be disseminated, published, distributed, or posted a photograph or film showing another person in a state of full or partial nudity or engaged in a sex act, knowing that the other person has not consented to the dissemination, publication, distribution, or posting. b. A person commits harassment when the person, purposefully and without legitimate purpose, has personal contact with another person, with the intent to threaten, intimidate, or alarm that other person.

Chris Wing
Patrol Lieutenant
Newton Police Department
101 W 4th St S
Newton, IA 50208
641-791-0855 ext. 2170
chrisw@newtongov.org| www.newtongov.org

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