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Former Itasca Co. sheriff's deputy faces charge of using cellphone to record girl, 17, in shower

NEWS RELEASE-  A former Itasca County Sheriff’s Office Deputy today was charged with a felony for allegedly attempting to capture video of a juvenile in a bathroom. Aaron Edward Apitz, 45, Deer River, is charged with felony Interference with Privacy Against a Minor Under 18. The alleged incident happened at Apitz’ residence.

The preliminary investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) found that on February, 25, 2013, Apitz used a cellular telephone issued to him by Itasca County to attempt to videotape a 17-year-old female as she entered and exited a shower. The telephone was discovered in the bathroom by the victim, who reported to investigators that it was recording when she found it, and that the video showed Apitz positioning the telephone to capture the video.

The victim told investigators she then took the telephone to a bedroom and was attempting to contact her mother and friends when she was confronted by Apitz, who demanded she return the telephone. The BCA obtained the telephone during the course of its investigation, but the telephone’s memory had been wiped clean.

Apitz is not in custody. He had been on administrative leave since the investigation began; he resigned yesterday. Apitz had been with the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office for 17 years.

BCA agents are conducting the investigation with the assistance of the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office. The case will be prosecuted by the Cass County Attorney’s Office.