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Iowa Surgeon Sentenced for Sexual Abuse Conviction

Doctor who said he wanted to help girl, 8, ‘explore sexuality in a safe place,’
Doctor who said he wanted to help girl, 8, ‘explore sexuality in a safe place,’

Dr. Lynn Lindaman, a longtime central Iowa surgeon who was found guilty of sexually abusing a child, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. This sentence comes as a result of Lindaman's prior conviction of a sexually predatory offense in 1976, where he admitted to engaging in lascivious acts with a child in Johnson County. Due to his criminal history, the 73-year-old surgeon must serve a minimum of 42 ½ years before being eligible for parole.


Before his conviction, Lindaman practiced at the Lindaman Orthopedics clinic in West Des Moines. However, his career came to an abrupt halt when he was charged with second-degree sexual assault for inappropriately touching a child under the age of 10 at his home in Ankeny. These disturbing actions led to the revocation of Lindaman's medical license by the Iowa Board of Medicine.

The case has also taken a legal turn, as Lindaman faces a civil lawsuit filed by Sherri Moler of Eldridge, who was the victim of the 1976 assault. Moler alleges that, at the age of 14, she attended a gymnasts’ summer sports camp at the University of Iowa where Lindaman, then 24, sexually assaulted her while treating an injury to her back. The lawsuit, permitted under a 2022 law lifting statutes of limitations for sex abuse victims to sue their assailants, is set for trial in May 2025.

This tragic situation underscores the importance of speaking up against abuse and holding perpetrators accountable for their actions. It serves as a stark reminder of the need to protect vulnerable individuals and ensure that justice is served, regardless of one's profession or status in society.

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