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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Mar 29, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Cynthia M. Fort, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jeffrey Klocko.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Senior Counsel; Victor S. Johnson III, District Attorney General; Brian Holmgren, Assistant District Attorney General; for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): BIVINS

Jeffrey Klocko (“the Petitioner”) filed for post-conviction relief, challenging his convictions for aggravated sexual battery, sexual battery by an authority figure, and assault by offensive or provocative contact, which resulted in an effective sentence of thirteen years. As his basis for relief, he alleged numerous grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel. After an evidentiary hearing, the post-conviction court denied relief, and this appeal followed. On appeal, the Petitioner asserts that trial counsel failed to interview the Petitioner’s therapist or mother and failed to call either of them at trial, resulting in ineffective assistance. Upon a thorough review of the record, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.