A New Ulm police officer who was arrested Tuesday has been formally charged with sex crimes. Eric Gramentz, 42, was charged Wednesday in Brown County Court with felony 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim under the age of 13.  The NUPD investigator has also been charged with felony-2nd degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim with whom he had a significant relationship.

According to a criminal complaint, the victim told a trusted adult that Gramentz had inappropriately touched her several years prior when she was 11 or 12 years old.  Gramentz agreed to turn himself in to police after the adult confronted him about the alleged abuse.

The complaint says Gramentz told police he knew he needed to stop after the most recent incident.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office said in a media release Wednesday that Gramentz will be housed in the Waseca County Jail during the initial investigation to avoid any potential conflict of interest.  The release says he will return to the Brown County Jail after his initial court appearance.