Opinions March 23, 2022

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Court of Appeals of Indiana
Cory Chapman v. State of Indiana
21A-CR-421
Criminal. Affirms the Greene Superior Court’s preliminary determination that memes involving jokes of a sexual nature Cory Chapman allegedly disseminated to a former student via text message are probably harmful to minors. Finds the applicability of Indiana Code Section 35-49-2-4 cannot be entirely ruled out as a procedure for litigating such cases as this. Also finds the trial court did not abuse its discretion in its final determination. Finally, finds Chapman waived his constitutional challenge. Judge Paul Mathias concurs with separate opinion and Judge Margret Robb dissents with separate opinion.

Ladis Orlando Saavedra v. State of Indiana
21A-CR-1761
Criminal. Affirms Ladis Saavedra’s convictions of attempted rape, child exploitation and felony vicarious sexual gratification. Finds sufficient evidence to support Saavedra’s convictions. Also finds the Cass Circuit Court didn’t err when it merged Saavedra’s conviction of sexual battery with his conviction of attempted rape. Remands for clarification that no judgment of conviction for sexual battery was entered and regarding Saavedra’s sentence.

Danny I. Toler v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
21A-CR-2428
Criminal. Affirms the revocation of Danny I. Toler’s probation. Finds the Decatur Superior Court did not abuse its discretion when it ordered Toler to serve three years of his previously suspended sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction.

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