State trooper charged, accused of inappropriately touching 2 women


A Minnesota state trooper is accused of inappropriately touching two women at his Hibbing home, according to reports.

WDIO reports charges filed against the trooper, 44-year-old Todd Lindstrom, say the two women were at the trooper's house for a party when the incidents happened in July.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, the criminal complaint says one of the women reported Lindstrom tried to reach up her shorts while she was leaving, and tried to force her hands to touch him. The second woman, sleeping in a tent in Lindstrom's yard, woke up to find him on top of her and while making sexual contact, the charges say.

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In a statement, the State Patrol called the charges "disturbing and very serious," WDIO reports; Lindstrom is on paid investigative leave.

He's charged with criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree, a felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years in convicted; and criminal sexual conduct in the fifth degree, a gross misdemeanor that's punishable by up to one year in prison.

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