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State v. Burnett, 2018 UT App 80 (May 3, 2018).

May 3, 2018

This appeal arose out of the defendant’s convictions for rape and aggravated sexual abuse.  Reversing, the court of appeals clarified the appropriate bounds of expert testimony in a sexual abuse case.  While the expert could offer an opinion that certain symptoms were consistent with sexual abuse, the district court erred by allowing the expert to improperly bolster the victim’s credibility by testifying that only a small percentage of children make false allegations.