A Minneapolis police officer is accused of trying to sexually assault a woman who was passed out drunk.
Thomas Tichich, 47, has been charged with third-degree and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct on someone who was mentally impaired or helpless in connection to the December 2016 incident.
After drinking with two female acquaintances in Minneapolis on Dec. 14, 2016, Tichich – who was off duty – and the two women went back to one of their houses to avoid driving.
The victim, who had been slurring, passed out on a couch in the living room. The woman who lived in the house told Tichich to sleep on the other couch, and the woman went upstairs to her bed.
She woke up to Tichich touching her arm. She yelled at him, and then went into a different bedroom to sleep. She eventually went downstairs to get some water, and that's when she saw a naked Tichich leaning over the other woman – who was still passed out – "attempting to put his penis in [the] victim's mouth."
The woman took photos of what was going on and kicked Tichich out of the house.
When police arrived, they weren't able to wake up the victim. They had to use "pressure point technique" to get her to respond. When she did wake up, she didn't know what was going on and said she didn't consent to anything sexual with Tichich that night – or at any time in the past.
On Dec. 15, 2016, Tichich sent an email to the woman who lives in the home saying: "My drunk ass had way to [sic] much to drink. I apologize. Is my phone at your place?”
Peter Wold, Tichich's lawyer, argues the incident was consensual and he "would suggest it was adults being adults," KSTP reports. Wold told the Star Tribune Tichich is not pleading guilty and he regrets any disrespect this may have brought to the Minneapolis Police Department.
A warrant for Tichich's arrest was issued Wednesday, and he was booked into jail early Thursday morning, jail records show. He made his first court appearance Thursday, where bail was set at $50,000, the Star Tribune says.