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Former Mille Lacs County deputy pleads guilty to sexual conduct charges

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Former Mille Lacs County deputy pleads guilty to sexual conduct charges
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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – A former Mille Lacs County sheriff’s deputy accused of having sexual contact with four boys has reached a plea deal that calls for him to serve 33 years in prison, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

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Aaron Joseph Heuer, of Isle, pleaded guilty in Otter Tail County District Court to a count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. As part of the plea deal, Heuer will also plead guilty to a count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Mille Lacs County.

The 33-year sentence in the plea deal is only a recommendation to the judge. Heuer is set to be sentenced May 8 in Otter Tail County District Court.

Through his plea, Heuer admitted that he inappropriately touched four boys, ages 8 to 10, and taught them to have sexual contact with him in June 2013 while he was a volunteer fishing guide at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning. Similar incidents allegedly took place with two of the victims during a separate fishing trip that month in Aitkin County that was not connected to the camp, according to a criminal complaint.

Investigators believe Heuer knew all the boys before he had sexual contact with them, authorities said.

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