Former Mille Lacs County deputy Aaron Joseph Heuer was sentenced to 33 years in prison on Thursday, May 8, for sexually assaulting children on fishing trips in Otter Tail County while volunteering at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning.
According to the criminal complaint, Heuer sexually assaulted children while volunteering as a fishing guide and inappropriately touching boys ages 8 to 10.
Heuer, 30, of Isle, pleaded guilty on March 21, to four counts of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct and a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
In addition, Heuer also pleaded guilty to a charge in Mille Lacs County. The Mille Lacs case was conflicted out to Stearns County. According to Stearns County Assistant Attorney Michael Lieberg, charges were filed in Mille Lacs County, and about a month ago Heuer appeared in Mille Lacs County District Court, for his first appearance. No testimony was given. “The process allows you to move the case to another county,” Lieberg said. The case was moved to Otter Tail County where Heuer had agreed to plead guilty to the Mille Lacs County charges when he was sentenced.
Aitkin County has also investigated incidents between Heuer and children. According to James Ratz, Aitkin County attorney, the Aitkin County investigation was wrapped into the Otter Tail County plea
agreement. Aitkin will not prosecute, but he said the parents of the victims are satisfied with the results.
Heuer was sentenced to 360 months for the Mille Lacs incident which will run concurrently with the 396 months he was sentenced to in Otter Tail County.
Heuer must serve 22 years before he is eligible for a lifetime conditional release. He also must register as a predatory offender.