August 13, 2015 09:25 PM
A Hibbing state trooper is on paid investigative leave and faces a felony charge after he was accused of sexually assaulting two women.
The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said the incident happened in July at the trooper's Iron Range home. One of the victims told investigators that said she was afraid to come forward because the trooper, 44-year-old Todd Allan Lindstrom, is in law enforcement.
A criminal complaint says the two women had been at the Hibbing car races where they and a group of friends were invited to a party at Lindstrom's rural Hibbing home.
Later, when one of the women was leaving the party, prosecutors said Lindstrom came up from behind and "reached up under the victim's shorts." The woman batted his hand away and told him to stop, but the complaint alleges that Lindstrom continued following her and then pushed the victim against her car, grabbed her wrists and tried to force her to rub his private areas.
Investigators say the victim had bruises on her wrist and arm and that she had repeatedly tried to get away and get Lindstrom to stop. Lindstrom eventually walked away, but the complaint says Lindstrom returned as the victim was parked and charging her phone. Lindstrom allegedly reached in the open window and "kept reaching in trying to rub her thigh area."
The complaint says Lindstrom also went into a tent where the other victim had gone. Lindstrom allegedly got on top of the victim, pinning her down. Prosecutors say he then kissed her, squeezed her breasts, pulled up her shirt, and tried to put his hand down her pants. When he couldn't get his hand down the front of her pants, Lindstrom allegedly started rubbing her genital area over her jeans.
Prosecutors say the victim "kept telling him no and to stop." When he allegedly tried to unzip her pants, the complaint says the victim told Lindstrom he needed to "go find his wife." The complaint said Lindstrom did leave the tent then, but told the victim "he expected more from her."
That woman told prosecutors that Lindstrom is a family friend.
Both victims were between the ages of 20 and 30.
In a statement, the Minnesota State patrol said, "The charges are disturbing and very serious. The alleged actions of this trooper are not consistent with the core values of the state patrol," Col. Matt Langer, Chief of the Minnesota State Patrol.
Lindstrom is charged with felony criminal sex conduct in the 4th degree-force or coercion and misdemeanor criminal sex conduct in the 5th degree-non consensual sex contact. He is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
Updated: August 13, 2015 09:25 PM
Created: August 13, 2015 04:42 PM
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