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Former Brownsdale police chief makes first court appearance

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AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) -- The former Brownsdale Police Chief pleaded not guilty Thursday to sexual assault charges at his first court appearance.

Mindrup is charged with first and third degree criminal sexual conduct, both felonies.

He was in Mower County Court Thursday morning, after a complaint was filed against him back in August alleging that he sexually assaulted a woman after a night out in Waltham.

The plaintiff is remaining anonymous for now, and alleges after she met Mindrup at the bar, she left with another friend to walk to her place of work down the street.

She told authorities Mindrup offered her a ride and picked her up from the tractor repair shop she works for, before driving about two miles away, assaulting her and driving her back to Cheers Bar.

Mindrup has denied the accusation. He alleges that he saw the plaintiff outside the repair shop and was concerned for her safety. He told officials he then offered her a ride, but after she suggested they return to his place of residence, he dropped her back off at the bar.

Due to the conflict of interest in this case, Mower County attorneys are not serving as prosecutors. Instead, assistant county attorney Julie Germann of Olmsted County will be representing the State of Minnesota in this case.

Last week, the Brownsdale City Council voted unanimously to fire Mindrup. He had been on paid administrative leave since early September.

Mindrup was released without bail and a trial date has been set for March 24.

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