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Ex-Itasca County deputy pleads guilty to trying to record girl in shower | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

imgresPublished March 21, 2013, 12:00 AM

Ex-Itasca County deputy pleads guilty to trying to record girl in shower

A former Itasca County sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty on Tuesday to trying to videotape a 17-year-old girl as she entered and exited the shower.

By: Staff , Northland’s NewsCenter

A former Itasca County sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty on Tuesday to trying to videotape a 17-year-old girl as she entered and exited the shower.

Aaron Edward Apitz, 45, of Deer River was charged earlier this month with one felony count of interference with privacy against a minor.

An investigation revealed in February that Apitz allegedly tried to videotape the girl in the bathroom. The teen discovered the phone and reviewed the video, which showed that Apitz had placed the phone in the bathroom.

According to the Grand Rapids Herald Review, Apitz admitted to setting up an iPhone under a bathroom vanity with the intent of capturing the teenage girl disrobing.

Apitz resigned from his position with the Itasca County Sheriff’s office on March 5.

Defense attorney John Undem confirmed that Apitz accepted a plea agreement. The agreement calls for Apitz to be sentenced on a stay of imposition with the following conditions: He will serve 15 days in the Aitkin County Jail before sentencing; pay $1,085 in fines; be placed on two years of probation; have no contact with the victim; undergo a pre-sentence investigation and a psychiatric evaluation; and submit a DNA sample.

Prosecutor Christopher Strandlie says that the investigation is still ongoing and, as part of the plea agreement, if anything else is discovered regarding Apitz he can still be charged.

District Court Judge Charles H. LeDuc scheduled sentencing for May 17.

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