Opinions Sept. 29, 2016

September 29, 2016

Indiana Court of Appeals
Jakob Robinson v. State of Indiana
Criminal. Affirms eight year sentence, with five years in the Department of Correction and three suspended to probation, following Robinson’s guilty plea to five counts of child seduction as Level 5 felonies. His sentence is not inappropriate given his manipulation of his victim, a student at the school where he taught and coached, and his abuse of his position of trust over her.

Ethan Gee v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to withdraw guilty plea to one count of Class A felony child molesting and one count of Class C felony child molesting, as well as Gee’s 36-year sentence.

Scott L. Wilkins v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Level 4 felony causing the death of another person when operating a vehicle and Level 5 felony failure to comply with acts required of a driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in death.

Northwest Oral Surgeons, P.C. v. Joseph Lovasko, D.D.S. (mem. dec.)
Civil plenary. Affirms determination of damages owed to Lovasko on his suit for breach of a severance.

Vakea Johnson v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor battery.

Ian Defenderfer v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Defenderfer’s 30-year sentence, with four years suspended to probation, following guilty plea to Level 2 felony battery resulting in the death of a person less than 14 years of age.

In the Matter of L.S. (Minor Child), a Child in Need of Services, D.S. v. Ind. Dept. of Child Services (mem. dec.)
Juvenile. Affirms finding L.S. is a child in need of services.

In re the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of H.H.:, A.S. (Mother) and J.H. (Father) v. The Ind. Dept. of Child Services (mem. dec.)
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights of mother and father.

D.G. v. R.G. (mem. dec.)
Protective order. Affirms trial court’s decision to decline to narrow the scope of the protective order.

Sandra Winslow v. Fred Winslow (mem. dec.)
Domestic relations. Affirms the value of certain marital property, the division of marital property and the denial of Sandra Winslow’s request for spousal maintenance.