A former high-ranking police chief in Sweden has been ordered held in jail on suspicions of rape and plotting to rape children.

The Stockholm district court approved a request Thursday by prosecutors to keep Goran Lindberg in custody until Feb. 5 while the investigation continues. Lindberg has denied the allegations.

Lindberg has served as police commissioner in the city of Uppsala and as head of the Swedish national police academy. He has also given seminars on gender equality and sexual harassment.

Lindberg is suspected of raping a woman in Stockholm last year and of plotting to rape children in Stockholm and the city of Falun. Prosecutors did not give details.

Justice Minister Beatrice Ask says she is shocked by the suspicions.