MINNEAPOLIS (AP) --  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 says Tichich is accused of sexually assaulting a woman on the
morning of Dec. 15 after they had been out drinking the night before. The
complaint says 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 says that whatever happened was consensual.

A spokesman says Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau has no comment.