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Case No. 22-0519

State of Iowa
v.
Trevor Joe Howland

County:
Boone

Appellee

State of Iowa

Appellant

Trevor Joe Howland

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Angela Campbell

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
22-0519
Date Published:
May 24, 2023
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Boone County, Christopher C. Polking (motion for in camera review) and Jennifer Miller (motion in limine and trial), Judges.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Ahlers, P.J., Chicchelly, J., and Blane, S.J.*  Opinion by Ahlers, P.J.  (19 pages)

            Trever Howland appeals following his convictions for three counts of second-degree sexual abuse, raising several claims.  OPINION HOLDS: Howland’s convictions are supported by sufficient evidence.  The district court did not abuse its discretion by denying a motion to conduct an in camera review of the complaining witness’s mental-health records.  The State’s expert witness did not vouch for the complaining witness’s credibility.  While the district court erred in admitting hearsay testimony, reversal is not required because the testimony was duplicative of properly admitted testimony.  The court did not abuse its discretion in denying a motion for mistrial.  And Howland failed to preserve or waived his remaining claims on appeal.

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