Minneapolis police officer charged with sexual misconduct

Published 9:30 am Friday, March 10, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis police officer is accused of sexually assaulting a victim who was mentally impaired or helpless.

Forty-two-year-old Thomas Tichich of Plymouth was charged Wednesday with third- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, both felonies. He was booked into the Hennepin County Jail and made his first court appearance Thursday.

The complaint said Tichich is accused of sexually assaulting a woman on the morning of Dec. 15 after they had been out drinking the night before.

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The complaint said the incident happened at the northeast Minneapolis home of another woman who invited the off-duty officer and the woman to spend the night to avoid driving drunk.

Defense attorney Peter Wold said that whatever happened was consensual.