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Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Sexual Abuse

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NEW HAMPTON, Iowa — A northeast Iowa sheriff’s deputy is facing charges related to an alleged sexual assault.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says New Hampton police and deputies with the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office were called to 2 East Cleveland Street in New Hampton on October 4th, regarding an off-duty Chickasaw deputy that was assaulting someone.

After interviewing witnesses, off-duty deputy Jeffrey Athey was arrested. He was initially charged with assault causing injury and taken to the Bremer County Jail.

The investigation into the incident by the New Hampton Police Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation led to an additional charge against Athey. He now also faces a charge of assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse.

Athey is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on the charge on October 23rd.

4 comments

  • Copblocker

    Where are all the cop apologists? The funny thing is, if this had happened to a citizen instead of another cop, we would have never heard a peep about it. Police corruption is a huge, huge problem.

  • dot^matrix

    Innocent until proven guilty! Never knew you could be a judge after a few small paragraphs. Obviously, some people did not learn about how our judicial system works. You do not know all the facts. Unless you are personally involved in an incident, keep your un-educated opinions to yourself. It makes you seem like a judgemental moron. Or do I need to cite the thousands of people who have been falsely accused and/or convicted. Cop or not. Yes, there have been and will be corruption in any civil position. But, I promise those numbers are immensely lower than those who protect and serve. Corruption hurts the good and the bad. Please, I beg you to leave room in your hearts to wait for further information before judging.

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