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No charges against MN police chief accused of tipping off a suspect

Charges won’t be filed against the Inver Grove Heights police chief accused of tipping off a suspect before investigators searched his property.

Scott County Attorney Ron Hocevar announced Thursday that his office won’t be charging Chief Larry Stanger, according to the Pioneer Press. He was being investigated for possible public corruption and violation of data privacy laws, the paper says.

Hocevar says his office wasn’t able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime had been committed, FOX 9 reports.

Although the county attorney’s investigation is complete, the City of Inver Grove Heights said Thursday it is considering whether to do an internal investigation, noting details on the “potential internal employment investigation” won’t be discussed due to the Data Practice Act.

Stanger has been on administrative leave since allegations surfaced in April. Lt. Sean Folmar has been serving as the interim police chief since April 14, and will continue to do so “until the matter is resolved,” the city says.

“We assure the community that the Inver Grove Heights’ Police Department continues to have strong respected leadership. Interim Chief Folmar is engaged with the public and staff; he is committed to the safety and protection of our city.”

BringMeTheNews has reached out to the county attorney’s office for more information.

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