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A southern Minnesota police chief is out of a job following criminal sexual conduct charges filed against him last week.

KAAL reports the Brownsdale City Council voted unanimously Monday night to fire Police Chief Jason Mindrup who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in August.

Mindrup, 42, of Waltham was placed on paid leave in September while the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigated the allegations.

According to the criminal complaint, the woman was at a bar in Waltham, just north of Brownsdale, on Aug. 30 with Mindrup and another man.

The woman left the bar around 11:30 p.m. and walked to a nearby business where she worked. Mindrup allegedly drove to the business and offered the woman a ride back to the bar.

The complaint states Mindrup drove the woman 2 miles east of Waltham and sexually assaulted her. He then brought the woman back to the bar, which was closed, and left her there. She walked to a friend's house and called 911.

The council quickly approved Mindrup's termination despite some residents who said Mindrup should be put on unpaid leave until the case is resolved, KAAL reported.

The Rochester Post-Bulletin said officer Tom Brogan will serve as interim police chief while the city looks for a permanent replacement.

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