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Former Mille Lacs County deputy pleads guilty to sexual conduct charges

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.

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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