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County declines criminally charging Minnesota police chief in restraining order case

Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher. Forum News Service file photo

MONTEVIDEO, Minn. - The Chippewa County attorney's office does not believe criminal charges are warranted against Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher based on an investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension into his alleged social media correspondence to a woman who sought a restraining order against him.

"The county completed his examination of the materials provided by the BCA in connection with the complaint. The County Attorney's conclusion was that he did not see any actions that would warrant any type of criminal prosecution,'' according to a statement released Monday, Dec. 17, by Montevideo City Attorney Jan Nelson.

The attorney said the city's independent internal employment investigation will continue.

Christopher, 47, has been on medical leave since the court granted a restraining order Nov. 15. An 18-year-old woman obtained the order after alleging that he had sent her hundreds of messages, some of a sexual nature.

Christopher has challenged the restraining order. A one-day court trial on the civil case is scheduled Feb. 26 in Morris.

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