*Above photo courtesy of Chris Baldus, Charles City Press*
Charles City, Iowa – The State vs. Doug Lindaman rested its case around 11:45 a.m. on Friday.
The morning testimony consisted of two one- hour-long recordings conducted by DCI agents. Michael Roehrkasse, DCI agent, took the stand.
The first recording consisted of the agents questioning Lindaman at his home in June of 2011, about the events taking place with the alleged sexual victim. During the recording, Lindaman denied knowing why his DNA may have been present on the victim’s private areas. He did admit he had inappropriate conversations with the two males, who were juveniles at the time.
In another interview conducted on June 30, 2011 at the Charles City Police Department, Lindaman explained to DCI Agent Michael Roehrkasse, that he was performing “de-sensitizing therapy” on the alleged victim. Lindaman said he felt that the alleged victim had a “suppressed memory” and that the touch therapy would help in aiding the victim with that suppressed memory.
During the recorded interview, he was questioned by the DCI agent about having received formal training for touch therapy, which Lindaman said he did not have any formal training. Lindaman said that he did feel the incident was consensual, even though the victim had told him to stop.
Lindaman cross-examed DCI agent Roehrkasse and asked if the agency had ever addressed to the victim and his family the fact that Lindaman felt that he had suffered from “bottled-up emotions.” Roehrkasse said that they had not re-interviewed the victim or his family on the matter.
Doug Lindaman took the stand as his own witness at 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon.
Lindaman spent nearly three hours of his own testimony, and with few objections from Floyd County attorney Rachel Ginby, Lindaman outlined his personal history and reasons for his concerns for his alleged sexual assault victim, who Lindaman said was certain the victim had “repressed memories” and why he felt it was necessary to touch the victim in his private areas.
Lindaman talked at great length about his sexual orientation and why receiving good mental health care for “sexually injured people” is so necessary. He maintained that his reasons for touching the victim inappropriately was for “touch therapy” due to his belief of the victim’s “suppressed emotions.”
Using a green chalk board to outline his case, Lindaman stood in front of the jury as he described his background and how it led to this case. He did admit to the fact that he may have spoken inappropriately to the then minor and his brother, who were hired to help Lindaman on his farm in 2011.H
County attorney Rachel Ginby cross-examined Lindaman at approximately 3:40 p.m. The cross-examination took approximately five minutes.
The trial will resume at 9 a.m. on Monday and is expected to be handed to the jury soon.