Ex-Mille Lacs County Deputy, Camp Volunteer Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges

Updated: 03/21/2014 4:14 PM
Created: 03/21/2014 3:38 PM
By: Cassie Hart

A former Mille Lacs County sheriff's deputy and volunteer at a summer camp in Otter Tail County has pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct charges.

Aaron Joseph Heuer of Isle, Minn., pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with five separate victims, according to the Otter Tail County  Attorney’s Office. As part of the agreement, Heuer will also plead guilty to one count of first degree criminal sexual conduct in Mille Lacs County. 

According to the criminal complaint, the first incidents took place when Heuer was volunteering as a fishing guide at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning, Minn., last summer. 

Heuer admitted he inappropriately touched four boys, ages 8-10, and forced them to have sexual contact with him. Additional incidents allegedly took place with two of the victims on a separate fishing trip in Aitkin County, which was unrelated to the camp.

Investigators believe Heuer knew all of the victims prior to the incidents.

Heuer faces up to 33 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for May 8 in Otter Tail County District Court.

Aaron Joseph Heuer of Isle, Minn., pleaded guilty to charges.
Photo: Otter Tail County Detention Facility

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