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Published March 07, 2013, 10:20 AM

Former Sheriff’s Deputy Faces Charge of Recording Girl in Shower

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.

By: Steve Wagner, Forum News Service

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.

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

A state Department of Public Safety news release 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 girl as she entered and exited a shower Feb. 25.

The telephone was discovered in the bathroom by the girl, 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.

According to the news release, the girl told investigators she then took the telephone to a bedroom and was trying to contact her mother and friends when she was confronted by Apitz, who demanded that she return the telephone. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension obtained the telephone during the course of its investigation, but the telephone’s memory had been wiped clean, the release said.

Apitz was not in custody. He had been on administrative leave since the investigation began and 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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