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Case No. 18-1266

State of Iowa
Patrick Lavern Holt


State of Iowa


Patrick Lavern Holt

Attorney for the Appellee

Richard J. Bennett, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Robert P. Ranschau, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 09, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Cerro Gordo County, James M. Drew, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Potterfield and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J. (12 pages)

            Patrick Holt appeals from his conviction and sentence for lascivious acts with a child.  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying Holt’s motion for new trial, imposing the sentence, or instructing the jury.  We also conclude that the expert witness’s trial testimony was not improper vouching and Holt failed to show his counsel ineffective by failing to object to this testimony.  We affirm.

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