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Ex-Mille Lacs County deputy gets 33 years for child sex crimes

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- A former Mille Lacs County deputy received a 33-year prison sentence Thursday for sexually assaulting children on fishing trips in Otter Tail County.

Aaron Joseph Heuer, 30, of Isle, must serve 22 years before he is eligible for supervised and conditional release, the Fergus Falls Daily Journal reported. He also must register as a predatory offender.

Heuer pleaded guilty in March to four counts of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct and a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Heuer also was convicted Thursday on one count of first-degree sexual conduct in Mille Lacs County and his sentence on that conviction will run concurrently, the Journal reported.

According to a criminal complaint, Heuer sexually assaulted children while volunteering as a fishing guide at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning, inappropriately touching four boys ages 8 to 10.

Other incidents allegedly occurred with two of the boys on a separate trip in Aitkin County.

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