Mistrial declared in 2nd sex abuse trial of Charles City man
HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the second sex abuse trial of a Charles City man.
Court records say a judge granted a defense motion Monday for 62-year-old Charles Lindaman and ordered court administrators to schedule another trial. The trial had been moved to Franklin County from Floyd County because of pretrial publicity.
Lindaman was convicted in 2016 of sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy in 2011. The Iowa Supreme Court later vacated the conviction, because Lindaman was allowed to represent himself without knowingly waiving his right to an attorney. Lindaman was running for a school board spot when arrested in 2015.
Lindaman’s attorney alleged in mistrial motions that the jury became prejudiced against Lindaman because two prosecution witnesses violated court instructions by referring to Lindaman’s criminal record.