- Associated Press - Monday, November 30, 2020

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) - A former sheriff’s deputy from northwest Iowa pleaded not guilty Monday to allegations that he stole prescription drugs from homes he was searching while on duty and from the Plymouth County Sheriff Department’s evidence room.

Aaron Leusink, 41, of Le Mars, also is accused of committing burglaries at five Plymouth County pharmacies beginning in 2017.

Leusink entered his written plea Monday in Plymouth County District Court. He is facing single counts of first-degree burglary, felonious misconduct in office, fourth-degree theft and unlawful possession of prescription drugs, two counts each of second-degree burglary and third-degree burglary and three counts of fifth-degree theft.

Leusink was arrested in September. Court records say agents searching his home in April found more than 1,600 prescription medication pills and several unopened evidence bags, $5,432 in cash and a thumb drive and an iPhone from a case he had previously worked, The Sioux City Journal reported. Leusink was fired from his job in April.

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