Iowa Police Chief, Deputy Accused of Sexually Assaulting Woman in Bar

The police chief of an Iowa town and his assistant chief turned themselves in to authorities on Friday to face charges they sexually assaulted a woman in a country club bar.

Creston Police Chief James Alan Christensen and Assistant Chief John West Sickels were the only customers at the Crestmoor Golf Club bar around closing time on April 18 when Sickels asked a female employee to perform a sex act on both men, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said in an affidavit.

When she refused, Sickels had forced sexual intercourse with the woman while the Christensen "held her hand, stroked her hair and 'shushed her,"' the affidavit said.

Sickels, 38, admitted having sex with her, but claimed it was consensual, the affidavit said.
Christensen, 40, said he saw Sickels having sex with her and that the woman did not consent to it, according to the affidavit.

Both men were charged with second-degree sexual abuse. Officials at the Creston police department and Polk County Jail said they did not know the names of the attorneys defending Christensen and Sickels.

Bail for each was set at $25,000. If convicted, each faces up to 25 years in prison.

Creston, a town of about 8,000, is located 55 miles southwest of Des Moines.

Sickels and Christensen have been on administrative leave for about a week, Mayor Warren Woods said.