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Deputy charged with sexually touching young boys makes court appearance

The deputy from Mille Lacs County charged with sexually touching young boys at a church camp near Henning appeared in Otter Tail County Court on Monday.

Authorities say 29-year-old Aaron Heuer had sexual contact with four boys ages 8-10 at Lutheran Island Camp while volunteering as a fishing guide there this past June.

Additional incidents may have taken place in Aitkin County with two of the victims during a separate fishing trip. Outside the courtroom on Monday, another woman told WDAY that Heuer also molested an 8 year-old girl in her family. She would not go on camera, but said she is seeking legal action.

Michelle Eldien, the assistant Otter Tail County Attorney, said, “There have been some (incidents), but obviously the investigations are still pending. We’re talking about multi-jurisdictional issues, so the counties are working together closely to make sure we work in the best interest of the victims. But there will be some additional people we work with.”

“It really does take everybody working together and there’s distance for the victims,” Eldien added. “So that’s kind of the most important thing, is to make sure we work the best we can for them.”

Heuer is on administrative leave from the Mille Lacs sheriff’s department and is currently in custody, being held on $100,000 cash or bond with conditions, or $200,000 without. His next court appearance is set for late October.

Heuer is currently charged with eight various counts of criminal sexual conduct. His attorney refused to comment.

Kay Cooley, Forum News Service

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