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Forum News Service, Published March 06 2013

Ex-deputy accused of trying to record teen

ST. PAUL – A former Itasca County Sheriff’s Office deputy was charged Wednesday with a felony for allegedly attempting to capture video of a juvenile in a bathroom.

Aaron Edward Apitz, 45, of Deer River, faces a charge of interference with privacy against a minor under 18. The incident is alleged to have happened at Apitz’s residence.

A state Department of Public Safety news release said a preliminary investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found that Apitz used a cellular telephone issued to him by Itasca County to attempt to videotape a 17-year-old girl as she entered and exited a shower Feb. 25.

Apitz was not in custody. He had been on administrative leave since the investigation began and resigned Tuesday. Apitz had been with the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office for 17 years.