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Former Itasca Co. Deputy Pleads Guilty

Posted at: 03/19/2013 11:12 AM
Updated at: 03/19/2013 5:39 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

A former Itasca County Sheriff’s Office Deputy pleaded guilty Tuesday to trying to videotape a 17-year-old girl in a bathroom.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Aaron Edward Apitz, 45, Deer River, was charged earlier this month with felony interference with privacy against a minor under 18. Apitz resigned the day before he was charged; he had been on administrative leave since an investigation began.

The teen said the incident happened at Apitz's residence on Feb. 25. She said she discovered Apitz's phone in the bathroom apparently positioned to record video as she entered and exited the shower. Officials say the cell phone was county-issued.

The teen said the phone was recording when she found it and that the video showed Apitz positioning the phone to capture the video. According to the teen, she took the phone to a bedroom and was attempting to contact her mother and friends when Apitz confronted her and demanded she return the phone.

The BCA said the phone's memory had been wiped clean when its investigators obtained the phone.

Apitz is set to be sentenced on May 17.