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Attempted child molestation conviction does not lead to credit restricted status

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The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the determination that an Elkhart County man was a credit restricted felon following his conviction of attempted molestation of his daughter, finding attempted child molestation isn’t included among offenses that qualify under the credit restricted felon statute.

Danny Boling was convicted of Class A felony attempted child molesting and Class C felony child molesting for touching his five-year-old daughter over and under her underwear and putting her hand on his bare private. He was sentenced to 45 years, and Elkhart Superior Judge George Biddlecome found Boling was a credit restricted felon pursuant to Indiana Code 35-31.5-2-72(1).

Boling challenged his attempted child molesting conviction, sentence and credit restricted felon status. The judges found the state proved that Boling knowingly attempted to commit child molesting and engaged in an overt act constituting a substantial step toward that crime when he touched his daughter’s private parts first over her underwear, then directly on her skin.

“The natural and usual sequence to which such conduct reasonably points is that Boling had taken a substantial step toward inserting his finger or fingers into K.B.’s vagina. A reasonable jury could find based upon this testimony that Boling had attempted to commit deviate sexual conduct,” Chief Judge Margret Robb wrote in Danny Boling v. State of Indiana, 20A04-1205-CR-237.

The trial court relied on the Class A felony conviction to rule Boling is a credit restricted felon, but attempted child molesting involving deviate sexual conduct is not listed as a qualifying offense nor is the attempt statute cited. The judges reversed and remanded for the trial court to correct Boling’s records to remove the credit restricted felon designation.

Finally, the judges upheld his 45-year sentence, citing he was in a position of trust and tried to have the child place the blame on her brother.

 

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  1. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  2. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  3. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  4. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  5. I totally agree with John Smith.

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