Johnson County Prosecuting Attorney Kenneth DeCock's office released a statement last Saturday, giving his thoughts on Michael Lindstrom being found guilty on numerous counts in his trial last week.
On December 19, after a six-day trial, a Johnson County Jury took just over three hours to find Michael Allan Lindstrom, 32, guilty of three counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree, three counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree, two counts of aggravated assault and battery, and two counts of sexual assault.
Lindstrom was accused of inflicting sexual intrusion on two children under the age of ten and engaging in sexual contact with the same children. He was also accused of threatening his former girlfriend with a knife and raping her.
The mandatory sentence for each of the sexual abuse of a minor charges is life without parole as Lindstrom has prior convictions. He faces sentences of 50 years to life on each sexual assault charge, and a maximum sentence of 50 years for each aggravated assault
charge. A sentencing date has not been set, but is expected to be within 60 days of the verdict.
The State’s witnesses included the former girlfriend, one of the minor children as well as
several counselors and mental health professionals. The State also called law enforcement
officers, DFS caseworkers and other witnesses in presenting its case.
According to DeCock, the investigation of this case began in October of 2012. Officers of the Buffalo Police Department, Deputies from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, and Caseworkers from the Johnson County Department of Family Services worked closely to gather evidence and put together a strong case. The citizens of Johnson County can and should be proud of the efforts and dedication of these investigators.
DeCock said in the news release that “it is difficult to believe that crimes this horrific can happen in our small community. This
case just illustrates that no one, no community, is immune from deviant behavior. As State’s witness Dr. Byron Norton stated at trial, if a child is being abused, the perpetrator is likely to be a person expected at the Thanksgiving Table, meaning it is a person known and trusted by the family. This case is a reminder we must be ever vigilant.”
He went on to say that spousal abuse and physical, sexual, and mental abuse of children does occur in our community, and that law enforcement and his office take these cases seriously and will investigate and prosecute these cases to the fullest extent possible.