A former Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct charges involving young boys that he took on fishing trips last summer, WCCO reports. He could be sentenced to 33 years in prison.
Aaron Joseph Heuer, 29, of Isle pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with five victims, according to a news release from the Otter Tail County Attorney’s Office, the St. Cloud Times reports.
He also agreed to plead guilty to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Mille Lacs County.
As part of the plea deal, Heuer admitted to inappropriately touching the boys, who were 8-10 years old at the time of the incidents, according to the St. Cloud Times.
The first incidents took place when Heuer was volunteering as a fishing guide at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning, Minn., according to the criminal complaint.
The complaint says two victims were assaulted on a fishing trip in Aitkin County. Investigators believe Heuer knew all of the victims beforehand.
According to the complaint, the victims said the assaults happened on boats, and Heuer would threaten to toss them into the water if they did not submit to his sexual demands, according to the Star Tribune.
Heuer’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 8.