NOT DESIGNATED FOR PUBLICATION
ARKANSAS COURT OF APPEALS
JUDGE KAREN R. BAKER
JOE DAVIS, JR.
STATE OF ARKANSAS
OCTOBER 4, 2006
APPEAL FROM THE PULASKI COUNTY
HONORABLE JOHN W. LANGSTON,
Appellant Joe Davis, Jr., was tried by a Pulaski County jury and found guilty of the
offense of rape. He was sentenced to fifteen years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.
While the actual facts related to the offense of rape do not affect the point of appeal in this case,
we will briefly state them at the outset. Appellant’s daughter, J.D., who was ten at the time of
trial, accused her father of engaging in sexual intercourse with her on dates uncertain between
June 23, 2002, through August 11, 2004, and appellant denied any sexual encounters with his
daughter. He was charged, tried, and convicted. Appellant's point in this appeal challenges the
trial court's refusal to instruct the jury with a definition of a sexual assault in the second degree,
as defined in Arkansas Code Annotated section 5-14-125(a)(3)(Repl. 2006), arguing that the
offense is a lesser-included offense of rape. We affirm the conviction.
The problem with appellant’s argument is that he totally denied ever touching his
daughter in an inappropriate manner, stating that he did not have sex with her on August 11,
2004, nor any other time before or since. Our supreme court has held that there is no rational
basis for a lesser-included offense instruction when the defendant denies entirely any sexual
encounter with the purported victim. See e.g., Fry v. State, 309 Ark. 316, 829 S.W.2d 415
(1992). Here, appellant denied ever touching his daughter in an inappropriate or sexual way.
Appellant's denial of such conduct makes the trial court's refusal of the requested instructions
entirely proper. Therefore, it is not necessary for us to address whether the sexual-assault offense
is a lesser-included offense of rape because