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Emily Welker, Published September 12 2013

Fifth boy alleges sex abuse by Mille Lacs deputy at Otter Tail County camp

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – Authorities here have charged a former Mille Lacs County deputy with two new felony counts of molesting a child, the fifth child he is charged with sexually abusing.

Deputy Aaron Joseph Heuer, of Isle, was charged Monday in Otter Tail County District Court with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13, and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13.

Jill Oliveira, spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, said the alleged incidents of inappropriate sexual contact happened in May and June 2009 with a boy who was then 9 years old, both at Heuer’s home and at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning in Otter Tail County.

According to court documents filed with the charges, the boy’s mother, who is a friend of Heuer’s, reported to law enforcement officials that her son had spent a lot of time with Heuer a few years back, going to camp and on fishing trips.

The mother reported she and her son were watching TV and saw a report on the news about the prior child sex charges filed against Heuer. She asked her son if anything had happened, and he began to cry, court records state.

She asked her son what had happened, and he responded, “What do you think, the same thing that happened to the other kids.”

According to court records, the mother told officers she thought it was strange that her son did not want to be present three months earlier when Heuer came over for dinner. The boy went to a relative’s home instead.

Kanabec County Sheriff’s Detective Bill Swan met with the boy, who provided physical details of the alleged molestation, which involved Heuer touching the child and Heuer making the boy touch him and perform a sex act on him.

The boy told Swan the molestation had happened often in Heuer’s bedroom and in one incident at camp. The child also said that he tries not to think about the incidents and doesn’t remember everything, and he does not exactly recall the dates, according to the criminal complaint.

In July, Heuer was charged with molesting four boys ages 8 to 10 when he was volunteering as a fishing guide at the camp in Henning and also when he took two of the boys on a separate, unrelated fishing trip in Aitkin County. All of the children knew Heuer before the incidents.

Heuer was with the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Of-fice for six years before he was terminated in July, according to Oliveira. He is being held in the Otter Tail County Jail.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541