- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge says state investigators don’t have to release email exchanges with the stepdaughters of a lawmaker who says they falsely accused him of sexual abuse.

Former Rep. Henry Rayhons requested those records after jurors acquitted him of abusing his late wife last year. The Iowa Department of Public Safety and Iowa Attorney General’s Office refused, citing exemptions to the open records law.

His stepdaughters had pushed the state to prosecute Rayhons, who denied having intercourse with his mentally incapacitated wife in a nursing home. Rayhons is now suing the women.

Judge Robert Blink ruled this month that the emails can remain secret. He says they’re part of a police report, which can be confidential even after a case is over.

Blink says their release would discourage witnesses from cooperating.

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