Posted at: 10/31/2013 4:06 PM
Updated at: 11/01/2013 4:19 PM
Brownsdale Police Chief Charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct
(ABC 6 News) - The Brownsdale Police Chief, Jason Mindrup, has been charged with two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct.
As ABC 6 News first reported, Mindrup was placed on paid administrative leave in early September, but city officials would not say why.
However, Brownsdale's mayor did confirm the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was investigating and that the results of that investigation would be turned over to the Olmsted County Attorney's office for review.
Today, Olmsted County Attorney, Mark Ostrem, confirmed to ABC 6 News that Mindrup has been charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First Degree, which involves penetration.
Ostrem also confirmed that Mindrup had been charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Third Degree, which involves force or coercion.
According to the Statement of Probable Cause, Mindrup sexually assaulted an adult female on August 31st. The statement says Mindrup claimed to be concerned for her safety after seeing her leave the Cheer's Bar in Waltham with another man. It says he approached them outside, and offered to give her a ride. The statement says she got in and Mindrup drove two miles east of Waltham and parked.
The woman claims Mindrup got out of the truck, took his clothes off, then got back in and sexually assaulted her. The statement says Mindrup then drove GRS back to Cheers Bar and left.
She then walked to a nearby friend's house and called 9-1-1 to report the assault.
ABC 6 News has attempted to contact Mindrup both over the phone and in person, but so far we have not been successful.
We also spoke with Mayor David Pike, who would not comment on the charges. He did tell ABC 6 News that the city council will address the situation at it's next scheduled public meeting on Monday.