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Deputy could face more abuse allegations, prosecutor says

FERGUS FALLS — An Otter Tail County prosecutor believes more victims may have been sexually abused by a Mille Lacs County deputy at summer camp. Aaron Heuer, 29, is accused of having sexual contact with four boys while volunteering as a fishing guide at Lutheran Island Camp near Henning in June. He is charged in Otter Tail County Court with eight counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Court documents say Heuer sexually touched the boys, all between ages 8 and 10, then asked them to touch him. Authorities say additional incidents may have taken place in Aitkin County with two of the victims during a separate fishing trip. Assistant Otter Tail County Attorney Michelle Eldien said the investigation is ongoing.

“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,” she said. “But there will be some additional people we work with.”

When Heuer made his first court appearance Monday, a woman told WDAY-TV that he also molested an 8-year-old girl in her family and that the woman will seek legal action against Heuer.

Heuer is on administrative leave from the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Department. His attorney refused to comment to WDAY-TV on Monday.

Heuer is being held in jail on a $200,000 cash bond. His next court appearance is set for October.

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