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Mille Lacs County deputy charged with sexual abuse of young boys

ST. PAUL — A Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Deputy faces felony charges for allegedly having sexual contact with several children. Deputy Aaron Joseph Heuer, 29, of Isle, Minn., was charged today in Otter Tail County District Court with four counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct and four counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s (BCA) preliminary investigation identified incidents at two locations in June 2013. According to the criminal complaint, the first incidents allegedly took place when Heuer was volunteering as a fishing guide at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning in Otter Tail County. Heuer allegedly inappropriately touched the four male victims, ages 8-10, and instructed them to have sexual contact with him. Additional incidents are alleged to have taken place with two of the victims on a separate fishing trip in Aitkin County that was unrelated to the camp. Investigators believe Heuer knew all of the victims prior to the incidents.

Deputy Heuer has been placed on administrative leave from the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office and is currently in the Otter Tail County Jail. Heuer has been with the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office for 6 years.

BCA agents are conducting the investigation with the assistance of the Mille Lacs, Otter Tail and Aitkin County sheriff’s offices and the Aitkin County Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by the Otter Tail County Attorney’s Office.