Itasca County, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A former Itasca County Sheriff's Deputy has been charged for allegedly attempting to video tape a 17 year old girl in a bathroom.
45 year old Aaron Edward Apitz of Deer River is charged with felony interference with Privacy Against a Minor Under 18.
A preliminary investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found that on February 25th, Apitz allegedly used a cell phone issued to him by Itasca County to attempt to videotape a 17-year-old girl as she entered and exited a shower inside Apitz' home.
The phone was discovered in the bathroom by the victim, who reported to investigators that when she found it, it was still recording, and that the video allegedly showed Apitz positioning the phone to capture the video.
The victim told investigators she then took the phone to a bedroom and was attempting to contact her mother and friends when she was confronted by Apitz, who demanded she return the phone.
The BCA obtained the phone during the course of its investigation, but the phone’s memory had been wiped clean.
Apitz is not currently in custody, however he resigned as of Tuesday. He had been on administrative leave since the investigation began.
Apitz has been with the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office for 17 years.
BCA agents are conducting the investigation with the assistance of the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office. The case will be prosecuted by the Cass County Attorney’s Office.
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