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Former Itasca Co. sheriff's deputy faces charge of using cellphone to record girl, 17, in shower

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ST. PAUL – A former Itasca County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was charged Wednesday with a felony for allegedly attempting to capture video of a juvenile in a bathroom.

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Aaron Edward Apitz, 45, of Deer River faces a felony charge of interference with privacy against a minor under 18. The alleged incident happened at Apitz’ residence.

A state Department of Public Safety said a preliminary investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found that Apitz used a cellular telephone issued to him by Itasca County to attempt to videotape a 17-year-old female as she entered and exited a shower Feb. 25.

The telephone was discovered in the bathroom by the victim, who reported to investigators that it was recording when she found it, and that the video showed Apitz positioning the telephone to capture the video.

In addition, the news release said:

The victim told investigators she then took the telephone to a bedroom and was attempting to contact her mother and friends when she was confronted by Apitz, who demanded she return the telephone. The BCA obtained the telephone during the course of its investigation, but the telephone’s memory had been wiped clean.

Apitz is not in custody.

He had been on administrative leave since the investigation began; he resigned Tuesday. Apitz had been with the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office for 17 years.

BCA agents are conducting the investigation with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office. The case will be prosecuted by the Cass County Attorney’s Office.

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Steve Wagner
Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and swagner@gfherald.com. He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several newsroom roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and cops/court reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His reporting experience includes extensive reporting related to Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with projects about immigration, the fatal 2002 train derailment in Minot, N.D., and the 20th anniversary of Gordon Kahl's massacre of U.S. marshals. Wagner also worked as a reporter at newspapers in the Twin Cities and Iowa. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.
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