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Case No. 19-1310

In re Detention of Galen Shaffer

Galen Shaffer, Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Thomas J. Gaul

Attorney for Appellee State

Linda J. Hines, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 17, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Bradley J. Harris, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., Greer, J., and Potterfield, S.J.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (8 pages)

            Galen Shaffer appeals the district court’s continuation of his commitment as a sexually violent predator under Iowa Code chapter 299A (2019).  Shaffer argues the district court erred by concluding the State met its burden of showing, beyond a reasonable doubt, Shaffer is likely to engage in predatory acts that constitute sexually violent offenses if discharged.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the the district court’s ruling that Shaffer should remain committed for treatment as a sexually violent predator in a secure setting.

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