Lindaman retrial set to begin Aug. 1

CHARLES CITY –-Convicted sex offender and former Floyd County magistrate Doug Lindemann, 61, is out of prison and free on bond.

On the same day a Floyd County District Court judge scheduled Lindaman’s retrial on a third-degree sexual abuse charge for Aug. 1, Lindaman was returned to Floyd County where he made bond.

Lindaman, who previously served prison time in the 1980s on two convictions of lascivious acts with a minor, was convicted in April 2016 by a Floyd County jury on the count of third-degree sexual abuse.

That conviction was overturned in May by the Iowa Supreme Court. In an order filed Friday, May 19, a three-judge panel of Iowa Supreme Court Justices Brent R. Appel, Thomas Waterman and Bruce B. Zager agreed with Lindaman’s appeal for a new trial based on a misstep by the district court.

The ruling written by Waterman states that “after a review of the record, we conclude the district court failed to determine whether the appellant’s waiver of his Sixth Amendment right to counsel was intelligent and knowing because the requisite Faretta colloquy was not conducted, we summarily reverse and remand the case to the district court for a new trial.”

Lindaman lost his law license after the 1980s convictions has been serving a 10-year prison sentence after a jury convicted him of sexually abusing a teenage farmhand he hired. At the completion of his sentence, he was to be placed on the sex offender registry.

Floyd Couny County Attorney Rachel Ginbey, filed a request on Tuesday, May 23, to have the case added to the trial list and set “at the earliest possible date for trial.”

Ginbey also asked that Lindaman be transported back to the Floyd County Jail and that bond be set at $10,000 cash in his name only.

If Lindaman were to post bond, Ginbey asked that he be released to “pretrial supervision by the Department of Corrections.”

On Tuesday, Judge Gregg R. Rosenbladt ordered that Lindaman be transported from prison back to the Floyd County Jail as soon as possible. He also set bond at $10,000 for the class C forcible felony and scheduled Lindaman’s trial to begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 1. A pretrial conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 17.
Rosenbladt’s order states, “As the Defendant has not failed to appear, releas with supervision to the Department of Correctional Services will not be required at this time.