State v. Godbey, ___ N.C. App. ___, 792 S.E.2d 820 (Nov. 15, 2016)

In this child abuse case, the trial court did not abuse its discretion by admitting evidence regarding consensual sexual activity between the defendant and his wife. Here, after the child described to the wife a sexual act performed by the defendant, the wife signed a statement indicating that she and the defendant had engaged in the same act. The act in question was to turn her over on her stomach and “hump” and ejaculate on her back. The wife’s testimony was admissible to show common scheme or plan, pattern and/or common modus operandi and was sufficiently similar to the child’s allegation of sexual abuse. The court distinguished this case from one involving “a categorical or easily-defined sexual act” such as anal sex. Here, the case involved “a more unique sexual act.”