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UPDATE: More Sex Assault Charges Filed Against Sheriff's Deputy

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A Mille Lacs County Sheriff's deputy accused of having sexual contact with boys at a church camp has been charged with two more felonies for having sexual contact with another boy. 

Prosecutors confirm with Valley News Live Aaron Heuer has been charged with felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct and felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

A mother of the boy filed a criminal complaint after they saw Heuer's photo on the news and her son said Heuer did the same to him as the other boys. The report went on to say Heuer allegedly sexually assaulted the child at his home and once at camp.

Heuer is already charged with eight counts of criminal sexual conduct that are said to have happened while he volunteered at Lutheran Island Camp in Otter Tail County. Officials say Heuer worked at the camp for 6 years as a counselor, maintenance crew member, and most recently a fishing guide.

The most recent charges will be handled separately from the original charges involving four boys. Police say the victims are between 8 and 13 years old.

Heuer is set to appear in court Monday, September 16.


We've uncovered disturbing new details about what victims say happened to them at a lakes country church camp. A Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Deputy is being held in the Otter Tail County Jail tonight facing eight charges of molesting four minors aged 8 to 13.

The man accused, Aaron Heuer isn't just a sheriff's deputy, for as long as he's worn his badge he's also worked or volunteered at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning, Minnesota. He spent the past six years with the summer camp.

Today Valley News teams Eric Crest did some digging and found details of what Heuer is accused of doing. We want to warn you some of what you will hear may be disturbing.

The criminal complaint against Deputy Heuer details the stories of four boys aged 8 to 13. The accusations started here at Lutheran Island Camp in June of 2013 where he worked as a fishing guide. Lutheran Island Camp representative Schan Sorkness explains Heuer's most recent capacity at the camp, "he volunteered for a two week period in June of this year as a fishing guide with one of our fishing camps. June 9th to the 21st. He has volunteered for the past few years."

The report says Heuer would take the boys out on the boat. Valley News Live was told with only two to three children allowed out on the water during fishing trips at a time. It was during those fishing trips that lasted anywhere from three to four days accompanied by Heuer that the criminal complaint states four children allege they were told to perform oral sex on Heuer. If they didn't, the report says they were told they would be thrown from the boat.

"We were shocked and appalled to learn of these charges just like anyone. It's something we had no information or incline of," states Sorkness.

Heuer has been taking kids out fishing at the summer camp in Henning for the past three years. Typically only volunteering for a few weeks a summer. Some of the minors say the sheriff's deputy also molested them and some friends in Aitken county, on a different fishing trip this summer.

"Our concern obviously is with our campers and with the families and all those folks we're associated with. We're doing our part to make sure the info has got out to people who need to be aware of this," says Sorkness.

In addition to taking kids out on fishing trips he has also worked here as a counselor and part of a grounds maintenance crew for the past 6 years. Sorkness says all staffers whether volunteers or paid have to go through a background check to work at the summer camp. But today Sorkness's team is just focusing on reaching out to all the families that may have been in contact with Heuer.

"It's truly just heart crushing to think children were hurt by a person in a trusted position like a deputy," says Sorkness.

Each of the eight charges Heuer is facing carries a maximum sentence of 25 to 30 years in jail. Heuer's first court appearance will be on August 5th at the Otter Tail County Courthouse.

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