The Iowa Hawkeye fans were cited for indecent conduct and released — Feldman to her husband, Walsh to his girlfriend. Feldman, 39, and Walsh, 27, ran from their newfound infamy. His last-known address put him in a garden-level apartment in West Des Moines. Feldman — a mother of three — lost her job, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and settled back into life in Carroll, Iowa, while on her year of probation.
Her hometown seems to want to move on, too. Over a recent weekend, the Pioneer Press tried to catch up with the bathroom couple to resolve unanswered questions: Are Feldman and her husband still together? Is Walsh with his girlfriend?
How has Carroll dealt with the exposure in the year since the game? Answers were hard to come by, but one thing is for sure — emotions about the tryst still run raw. Feldman, living in a tan split-level in Carroll, answered her door Nov.
By all accounts, Feldman and her husband are still together. Carroll County court records list no divorce papers, and several people said the couple had not split. Walsh could not be reached for comment. The home address he listed in his arrest report — a farm in Linden, Iowa, about 80 minutes from Carroll — is currently for sale. In Carroll, mention of the incident a year later elicits chuckles, tsks and cold glares.
But almost as soon as it started, chatter about the tryst died off, Osterlund said. Police had no trouble identifying the two during a traffic stop in town. The masks are clearly visible in their mug shots. Any publicity is good publicity. Some thought the story took away from the real narrative of Carroll — nice people working hard to build a solid community. The community just takes it in stride. In the days following the game, which the Gophers lost , undated pictures of Feldman showed up all over the Internet.
In one, the mother of three is kneeling next to a Christmas tree. The images were likely copied from an alumni Web page for Carroll High School, where Feldman graduated in the late s.
The alumni-only site had so many new users registering in the days following the incident that an administrator had to begin culling the obvious out-of-towners. I go to church every Sunday. Walsh initially pleaded not guilty, but changed his plea to guilty on March 5. At Bloomers Bar and Grill, one patron talked and even gave his name for this story. He was afraid talking about it would hurt his small business. Dennis Bauman was wearing a Hawkeyes sweat shirt as he drank.
Dennis Bauman said that people talked about Feldman for quite a while. John Brewer As you comment, please be respectful of other commenters and other viewpoints. Our goal with article comments is to provide a space for civil, informative and constructive conversations.