Sheriff's deputy accused of sexual conduct with child

9:53 AM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
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MILACA, Minn. - A Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Deputy is accused of inappropriately touching four boys between the ages of 8 and 10 years old during a June fishing trip.

Aaron Joseph Heuer, 29, was charged with four counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct and four counts of second degree criminal conduct in Otter Tail County District Court on Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint, the incident occurred in June when Heuer was volunteering as a fishing guide at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning.

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

The Lutheran Island Camp says Heuer is no longer associated with the organization.

"We're shocked and appalled regarding the charges brought against deputy sheriff Aaron Heuer. So, when we heard those we were obviously profoundly saddened that any children at our camp would be hurt by the actions of an adult in a trusted position," said Schan Sorkness, the camp's board chairman.

Sorkness says Heuer had been a volunteer for several years. The camp has begun its own investigation and is currently working to notify parents.

Heuer has been placed on administrative leave and is currently being held at the Otter Tail County Jail, officials said. Heuer has been with Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office for 6 years.

BCA agents are conducting the investigation.

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