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Forum staff reports, Published July 23 2013

Minn. deputy accused of sex acts with children

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – 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, was charged Tuesday in Otter Tail County District Court with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The BCA’s preliminary investigation identified incidents at two locations in June. According to the criminal complaint, the first incidents took place when Heuer was volunteering as a fishing guide at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning in Otter Tail County. Heuer is accused of inappropriately touching the four male victims, ages 8 to 10, and instructing 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 said they believe Heuer knew all of the victims before the incidents.

Heuer has been placed on administrative leave from the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office and was being held in the Otter Tail County Jail. Heuer has been with the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office for six years.