Superior police investigate Solon Springs constableThe constable for Solon Springs has been placed on administrative leave following allegations of sexual assault.
The constable for Solon Springs is on administrative leave following allegations of sexual assault.
Constable Gerald Olson, 47, is under investigation by the Superior Police Department.
According to a news release issued by Superior Police Chief Charles LaGesse, the sheriff’s office requested the police department conduct the investigation.
Olson had worked part-time for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Superior police supervisors interviewed the woman reporting the alleged assault, and have been investigating the matter since June 16.
According to the news release:
The alleged victim is a 27-year-old woman who had been living in rural Douglas County. She reported she was picked up by Olson when he found her walking on U.S. Highway 53 in the Solon Springs area at 10:30 p.m. June 15.
Olson was driving a marked Solon Springs police vehicle and was on duty at that time.
She told police Olson offered to drive her to Superior so she could use a phone to arrange a ride to a relative’s home in northern Minnesota. Instead, she said, Olson drove her to his home in Solon Springs and offered her alcohol.
The woman told police the constable made unwanted sexual advances and contact while she was there.
She stated Olson dropped her off at the St. Croix Inn in Solon Springs, just before 2 a.m. June 16.
Olson is the constable for both the town and village of Solon Springs. Both communities placed him on leave during the investigation, and he remains on leave.
The investigation into the allegations is nearing completion and will be sent to the District Attorney’s Office for review and a charging decision when complete, LaGesse said in the prepared statement. As the investigation is not complete and the District Attorney’s Office has not yet reviewed the case, no further comments will be made, the chief said.