Former Sheriff's Deputy pleads guilty to sexual conduct charges

By KBJR News 1

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Former Sheriff's Deputy pleads guilty to sexual conduct charges

March 21, 2014 Updated Mar 21, 2014 at 2:17 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says a former Mille Lacs County sheriff's deputy who volunteered at a summer camp in Otter Tail County has pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct. The former sheriff's deputy could face 33 years in prison.

The Otter Tail Attorney's Office reports Aaron Joseph Heuer of Isle, MN., pleaded guilty to four counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second degree criminal sexual conduct with five separate victims.

Heuer's sentencing is scheduled for May 8. Two locations in June 2013 were identified as where the incidents took place. The DPS says the criminal complaint reveals the first incidents took place when Heuer was volunteering as a fishing guide at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning, Minn.

The DPS found that as part of his plea, Heuer admits he inappropriately touched four male victims, ages 8–10, and instructed them to have sexual contact with him. More incidents are alleged to have taken place on a separate fishing trip unrelated to the camp.

Ramona Marozas