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Attorney Questions Protecting KPD Records

Jun 12, 2013

Attorney Roxanne Conlin is questioning why her request for certain records from the Keokuk Police Department is being challenged by the state.

Conlin is seeking copies of any reports or investigations by the department into allegations of sex crimes committed by Gina Sisk.

Conlin's client, who has only been identified as Jane Doe II, says Sisk sexually abused her while Jane Doe II was a student and Sisk was a coach and teacher in the Keokuk School District.

The Keokuk School District and former High School Principal Michelle Lukavsky have also been named in the lawsuit.

Lee County Attorney Mike Short has filed for a protective order in connection with the subpoena.

He is blocking the release of documents related to an investigation in 2009.

Short's motion states that the case could be reopened at any time because the statute of limitations has not expired.

Conlin argues, in her own filing, that the case has been inactive for years.

She says that means the records should not be protected by an ongoing investigation exemption in state code.

Conlin also says the public interest would not be harmed by the release of the documents.

She says if criminal charges are eventually filed, based on the lawsuit, she would be willing to protect the confidentiality of the documents.

A hearing on the protective order is scheduled for Monday morning.