The trial for two former southwest Iowa police officers accused of second-degree sexual abuse could be moved because of pre-trial publicity. Attorneys for former Creston Police Chief James Christensen and Former Assistant Chief John Sickels have asked for a change of venue for their clients.

Christensen and Sickels were fired from their jobs following the alleged rape in April of a female bartender at the Crestmoor Golf Club in Creston. Sickels is alleged to have raped the woman while Christiansen looked-on. Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Their trial is set for December 15th. The case is being prosecuted by the Iowa Attorney General’s office at the request of the Union County Attorney.