Des Moines Register, Saturday, 3/14/2009
Creston, Ia. — The town of Creston breathed a collective sigh Friday, hours after two former police officials were convicted in the rape of a country club bartender nearly a year ago.
But it wasn't necessarily a sigh of relief.
Residents said they are happy that the saga is finally over, but many are more than disgusted by the fallout.
Lawyers for the officers, meanwhile, said the story isn't over. Both men plan to fight the convictions, which could mean up to 25 years in prison for each.
"To say we're disappointed in the verdict is an understatement," said Paul Scott, attorney for former Police Chief James Christensen. "We are planning to file a motion for a new trial. Depending on what happens with that, we'll either have a new trial or an appeal."
Christensen and his former assistant, John Sickels, spent the day in the Woodb
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