This week, a handful of stories that should cause anyone critically thinking to see that those wearing badges aren’t always operating with the best intentions.
Former Sheriff’s Deputy Pleads Guilty to Sexual Conduct Charges
First, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety says former Mille Lacs County sheriff’s deputy Aaron Joseph Heuer, who volunteered at a summer camp in Otter Tail County, has pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct. The former sheriff’s deputy could face 33 years in prison.
Heuer pleaded guilty to four counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct with four separate victims. Heuer admits he inappropriately touched four male victims, ages 8–10, and instructed them to have sexual contact with him.
The DPS says the criminal complaint reveals the first incidents took place when Heuer was volunteering as a fishing guide at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning, Minnesota. More incidents are alleged to have taken place on a separate fishing trip unrelated to the camp.
Yuba County Deputy Accused of Beating Man, Intimidating Witnesses
Next, a Yuba County Sheriff’s deputy is facing charges that he beat a man unconscious and then intimidated witnesses.
Deputy Nelson Magana has posted bail after being arrested on suspicion of battery and threatening those who called 911.
The 31-year-old was reportedly in Chico celebrating St. Patrick’s Day when he got into a fight with another man in a restaurant bathroom.
Magana is said to have knocked him out and kicked him before trying to stomp on his head.
Witnesses intervened, and that’s when the deputy apparently said what he’d do to them if they snitched.
Magana has been full-time with the force since 2002 and was actually named Yuba County’s Peace Officer of the Year at one point.
He’s on paid leave pending the investigation and will be in court in April.
Charges are up to the Butte County district attorney.
Then, a veteran North Port, Florida police officer was arrested the night of Thursday March 20th on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment, while a fellow officer took his own life before a warrant for his arrest was served.
Police crews were at the North Port home of the late officer Ricky Urbina well into the night, investigating his death. The veteran police officer was about to be arrested on the same charges as his fellow officer, Melanie Turner.
The investigation into their misconduct started in early March.
“I had a feeling he was involved. Only because his police car hadn’t been here for the past couple weeks. Crazy anything like this goes on in such a small town,” a neighbor on Urbina’s street told 10 News. “He was a nice guy.”
In the heavily redacted affidavit, the victim claims she was handcuffed by Officer Turner and taken into a bedroom at a birthday party. That’s where the alleged sexual assault involving both officers took place.
Urbina was on duty at the time of the party, and Turner was not.
In a press conference March 21st, the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office explained there was an agreement in place: If either officer would be arrested, they’d be notified ahead of time. Turner complied and was taken into custody.
Urbina had one request – to be arrested at a location separate from his home, but as detectives were en route to the location, there was a shooting at his home. Urbina was found dead.
Former Key West cop jailed on two felonies alleging child sex abuse
And finally, Henry Arroyo, a former Key West Police Department resource officer at Key West High School, was arrested this past Monday on two felony counts of lewd and lascivious behavior for allegedly molesting a child younger than 12.
Details on what specifically is alleged aren’t clear, but Arroyo was being investigated by the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
He turned himself in at the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island Monday March 24th around 9:45 a.m., according to booking records.