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New trial for man accused of abusing daughter


A court has overturned the conviction of an Iowa man who has served 7 years in prison on charges that he sexually abused his daughter.

The Iowa Court of Appeals ordered a new trial Wednesday for Gerry Thomas Jacobsen. The court says Black Hawk County jurors were shown irrelevant police photographs that unfairly painted Jacobsen as a creep during his 2005 trial.

Jacobsen is serving a 25-year term on three counts of second-degree sexual abuse and three counts of indecent contact.

The court says police took pictures of the home where Jacobsen lived years after the alleged abuse to show he could've peeked through the door while his daughter was in the bathroom.

The court says its confidence in the verdict is undermined because the girl repeatedly changed her story.

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