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Forum News Service, Published August 05 2013

Mille Lac's County deputy appears in court on sexual conduct charges

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – An Otter Tail County prosecutor here believes there are more victims who may have been sexually abused by a Mille Lac’s County deputy at summer camp.

Twenty-nine-year-old Aaron Heuer is accused of having sexual contact with four young boys while volunteering as a fishing guide at Lutheran Island Camp near Henning in June.

He is charged in Otter Tail County Court with eight counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Court documents state Heuer sexually touched the boys, all between ages 8 and 10, then asked them to touch him.

Authorities say additional incidents may have taken place in Aitkin County with two of the victims during a separate fishing trip.

Assistant Otter Tail County Attorney Michelle Eldien said the investigation is still pending.

“We’re talking about multi-jurisdictional issues, so the counties are working together closely to make sure we work in the best interest of the victims,” she said. “But there will be some additional people we work with”

When Heuer made his first court appearance on Monday, a woman told WDAY-TV that he also molested an 8-year-old girl in her family and that the woman will seek legal action against Heuer.

“It really does take everybody working together and there’s distance for the victims,” Eldien said. “So that’s kind of the most important thing, is to make sure we work the best we can for them.”

Heuer is on administrative leave from the Mille Lac’s County Sheriff’s Department.

His attorney refused to comment to WDAY-TV on Monday.

Heuer is being held in jail on a $200,000 cash bond.

His next court appearance is set for late October.

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