Former Mille Lacs County deputy Aaron Joseph Heuer, 29, of Isle, was charged Monday, Sept. 9, with two new felony counts of molesting a child, the fifth child he is charged with sexually abusing.
Heuer was charged July 23 in Otter Tail County District Court with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The first criminal complaint filed in Otter Tail County District Court, states the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office received information on July 17 regarding a criminal sexual assault involving four different children.
The complaint states that the alleged abuse occurred at the Lutheran Island Camp in Henning in Otter Tail County in June while Heuer and the children were fishing from a boat.
On Sept. 9, a second criminal complaint, filed in Otter Tail County District Court, charged Heuer with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13, and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13.
According to court documents filed with Otter Tail County, a Kanabec County boy’s mother reported to law enforcement officials that her son had spent a lot of time with Heuer a few years ago, going to camp and on fishing trips.
The mother reported she and her son were watching TV and saw a report on the news about prior charges filed against Heuer. She asked her son if anything had happened and he began to cry, the court record states. He told his mother the same thing happened to him as happened to the other kids.
A Kanabec County detective met with the boy and got information about the alleged molestation. The boy told the detective the molestation happened often in Heuer’s bedroom and in one incident, at the camp.
According to Mille Lacs County Attorney Jan Jude, the investigation of alleged incidents at Heuer’s home in Mille Lacs County was turned over to Kanabec County.
“It is not unusual to conflict out a case where the county attorney has previous contact with the accused,” Kanabec County Chief Sheriff Brian Smith said. It eliminates any possibility of questionable practices in the investigation, and since Heuer was a Mille Lacs County Deputy the case was sent to Kanabec County.
The charges state that in 2009, Heuer’s home in Isle was the scene of some of the alleged sexual abuse.
The Kanabec County Sheriff’s office sent the complete investigation to the Kanabec County Attorney. Smith said the charges determined by the investigative team were filed in Otter Tail County. The prosecution has flexibility to determine where a case will be tried. This is a complicated case because there are multiple venues, Smith said.
Jim Ratz of the Aitkin County Attorney Office said the investigation is still underway in that county.
Michelle Eldien, assistant Otter Tail County Attorney, said her office cannot prosecute some of the charges. She will prosecute what is within her jurisdiction, but acts that happened outside Otter Tail County are within the jurisdiction of the county they occurred in or the county where the victim lives. Kanabec County or Mille Lacs County will have to determine where some of the charges will be prosecuted.
Heuer was a Mille Lacs County Deputy for six years before being terminated in July.