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Court of Appeals of Oregon.

STATE OF OREGON, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. SCOTT VINCENT GRAUE, Defendant-Appellant.  Clackamas County Circuit Court


Decided: January 19, 2011

Before Schuman, Presiding Judge, and Wollheim, Judge, and Rosenblum, Judge. Peter Gartlan, Chief Defender, and Ernest G. Lannet, Senior Deputy Public Defender, Office of Public Defense Services, filed the brief for appellant.   John R. Kroger, Attorney General, Jerome Lidz, Solicitor General, and Anna M. Joyce, Assistant Attorney-in-Charge, Criminal Appeals, filed the brief for respondent.

Jeffrey S. Jones, Judge.

Submitted on December 16, 2010.

Reversed and remanded.


Defendant appeals a judgment of conviction for multiple counts of first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse, arguing that the trial court erred in admitting expert testimony from a CARES nurse practitioner diagnosing child sexual abuse in the absence of any supporting physical evidence.   See State v. Southard, 347 Or 127, 218 P3d 104 (2009).   Although defendant did object to the admission of the diagnosis as scientific evidence, it is unclear that his objection was sufficient to preserve his current argument that admission of the diagnosis was improper pursuant to Southard.   However, the trial court's error in admitting that evidence is plain error and, for the reasons set forth in State v. Merrimon, 234 Or.App. 515, 522, 228 P3d 666 (2010), and State v. Lovern, 234 Or.App. 502, 513-14, 228 P3d 688 (2010), we exercise our discretion to correct that error.   In light of our resolution of that issue, we do not reach defendant's second assignment of error.

Reversed and remanded.