E.T. v. Belete

Summarized by:

  • Court: Oregon Court of Appeals
  • Area(s) of Law: Civil Stalking Protective Order
  • Date Filed: 10-29-2014
  • Case #: A152264
  • Judge(s)/Court Below: Egan, J. for the Court; Armstrong, P.J.; & Nakamoto, J.
  • Full Text Opinion

Assaultive acts and statements within a church was legally sufficient to prove objective alarm, warranting entry of a stalking protective order.

E.T., as head priest of a church, lived in a residence within the same building as the church proper. A fight erupted between rival factions of the church, one side in including Belete, and the other favoring E.T., though he did not actively participate. Belete attempted to assault E.T. Belete was allowed to continue to participate in and attend the church, but after another physical confrontation a stalking protective order (SPO) hearing was conducted. Belete appealed the trial court’s entry of a SPO, claiming that the evidence used was legally insufficient, specifically claiming that E.T. was not objectively alarmed. The Court found Belete’s assaultive acts and statements were sufficient to show E.T. was objectively alarmed. Affirmed.

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