Mille Lacs Co. deputy accused of molesting boys during fishing trips


A six-year veteran of the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office is facing multiple charges for the alleged sexual assault of four young boys last month.

The Duluth News Tribune reports 29-year-old Aaron Joseph Heuer of Isle, Minn. is charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct following an investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

According to court documents, the deputy had volunteered as a fishing guide at Lutheran Island Camp in Otter Tail County. During a fishing trip in June, Heuer allegedly inappropriately touched the boys, ages 8-10, and instructed them to have sexual contact with him, the newspaper reported.

WCCO noted the alleged incidents occurred over the course of several days.

The BCA says further alleged sex assaults involving Heuer and two of the victims occurred on a separate fishing trip, unrelated to the camp, in Aitkin County in the same month.

Heuer is currently in custody at the Otter Tail County jail and was placed on paid administrative leave from the sheriff's office.

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