Thursday, March 7, 2013

Itasca County (MN) Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Edward Apitz, 45, accused of videotaping teen girl in bathroom



A 17-year Itasca County Sheriff’s deputy was charged Wednesday — a day after he resigned — with a felony for allegedly attempting to videotape a teenage girl in a bathroom.
Aaron Edward Apitz, 45, of Deer River is charged with felony interference with privacy against a minor. The incident reportedly happened at Apitz’s residence.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported its investigation found that on Feb. 25, Apitz used a cell phone issued to him by Itasca County to attempt to videotape a 17-year-old female as she entered and exited a shower. The telephone was discovered in the bathroom by the alleged victim, who reported to investigators that it was recording when she found it.

The video reportedly depicted Apitz positioning the phone so that it would be pointed to the area where a person would typically undress before and dry off after a shower.

The alleged 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 could not be reached for comment Wednesday. He is not in custody. He had been on administrative leave since the investigation began.

Gregg Deutsch, the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy, said Apitz served as a road deputy and as a bailiff who transported prisoners. He said the defendant faced no disciplinary action before his resignation.

The case was developed after an investigation by BCA with the assistance of the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office. Itasca County Attorney Jack Muhar said the matter will be prosecuted by the Cass County Attorney’s Office to avoid the appearance of any conflict of interest.

Ninth Judicial District Judges Jon Maturi and Lois Lang, who both have chambers in the Itasca County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, have recused themselves from hearing the case. It has been assigned to Judge Charles LeDuc of International Falls

The girl said Apitz begged her not to report him because he would lose his job with the sheriff’s office. According to the complaint, Apitz repeatedly apologized for his conduct after his supervisor seized his phone.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why didn't he just buy a Penthouse and boop his baloney? Could have saved real big money and all of the women would have cosented. A lot of us dated those women in grad school and they never gave us STD'S or got pregnant. Didn't have to buy them dinner either.

Anonymous said...

What was this 17 year old doing in the Deputy's apartment to begin with? Sounds like there is much more to this story. The Sheriff guy is stupid and perhaps the girl is just an extorntionist looking for money.

Anonymous said...

Id guess deputy has a daughter the victims age and spent the night, whatever this guy is a azz clown and deserves whatever he gets

Anonymous said...

Fucking idiot! Leave your kids friends alone. That's way out of line.

Anonymous said...

Foooooking idjit. Lost everything, faces prison time. He could have got a crack whore to strip for little or nothing.

Anonymous said...

Me smell someting fishy, lika twat?

Anonymous said...

Freaky Deke.

Anonymous said...

My uncle aaron tried video taping his step daughter/my cousin..

Anonymous said...

Good job Apitz .Now your a sex ofender dumb ass ..You lost all your rights no hunting for you hahaha now you have a nice big felony on your record if you get jail time you will be some ones prisons bitch...

Anonymous said...

His wife Tami is chief of police in Deer River, and its her kid. The news papers are not telling the whole story. It was his step daughter!! He is sick and should be put a way for a long time. Hope you enjoyed your last season of deer hunting aron you piece of shit!!!

Anonymous said...

his whole family should be checked out...he has a brother that deals with teenage girls on the isanti embassader program and if you check out his brothers background as you should before you ever allow any of your children to be in their presence alone

Anonymous said...

his brother judges girls for the st paul winter carnival now

Anonymous said...

Lets not forget to add West St. Paul & The Rice Street Festival that the brother is judging teenage girls at. I hear he has police reports in Blaine & Las Vegas for forgery, fraud, theft by swindle and the list goes on! What a sick family! They deserve to be both locked up and the key should be thrown away!!

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abugabugaboo said...

It was his daughter he was video tapping....

Anonymous said...

Gregg deutch is as corrupt as all of them. He has hidden or destroyed evidence to charge the innocent