A St. Louis County grand jury indicted Sgt. Jason Allen Carlson, 37, of Aurora, Minn., on one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He is accused of engaging in sexual relations with a minor while he was in a position of authority over her. The young woman was at least 16 but younger than 18 at the time of the alleged incident in December 2014.

Carlson is a patrol sergeant and 10-year veteran of the Ely police force. Ely Police Chief John Lahtonen said the sergeant has been on paid administrative leave since the allegations came to light.

“Other than that, I don’t have a comment,” Lahtonen said.

The charges against Carlson were sealed until Friday’s indictment. Judge Gary Pagliaccetti set Carlson’s bail at $15,000 and referred him for supervised release. Carlson’s next hearing is Dec. 21.

Jennifer Brooks