Appeal rejected in child molestation case

The Court of Appeals of Georgia has rejected the appeal of an Augusta man serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy.

 

In an opinion released Wednesday, the court found Daniel Boos, 51, was fairly tried and convicted in October 2012 when a jury found him guilty of four counts of aggravated child molestation and three counts of child molesting.

The appeal was based on the trial judge’s refusal to allow a clinical psychologist to tell the jury his opinion of the truthfulness of Boos’ accuser.

The psychologist hadn’t interviewed the boy but had reviewed some school records and a psychological evaluation. The psychologist believed the child exhibited signs of “conduct disorder,” one symptom of which is lying.

The appellate court cited a series of cases in which courts have rejected expert opinion about a witness’s truthfulness when jurors are capable of making that determination on their own.

Reach Sandy Hodson at sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com or (706) 823-3226

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