MASON CITY -- Retrial for a Charles City man accused of touching a teenage boy in 2011 will take place in Mason City.
The move came after a district court judge declared a mistrial in the state’s case against 62-year-old Douglas Lindaman when a prosecution witness mentioned that Lindaman had been in prison during a February trial in Franklin County. The court had earlier ordered there be no testimony about Lindaman’s criminal record.
The trial has been rescheduled for April 9 at the Cerro Gordo County Courthouse in Mason City.
Lindaman is charged with second-degree sexual abuse in Floyd County. In Iowa law, sexual assault and rape are charged as "sexual abuse."
He was convicted following an April 2016 trial, but the Iowa Supreme Court later overturned the conviction because Lindaman was allowed to represent himself without waiving his right to an attorney.
The February trial was moved to Franklin County because of pretrial publicity in Floyd County.
— Jeff Reinitz