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Officer admits sexual contact with minor, tried to confirm age

Published On: Feb 21 2013 10:39:24 AM CST
Dennis P. Jenks
MADISON, Wis. -

A Mount Horeb police officer arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of a child in Madison told police he tried to confirm the age of the 14-year-old boy he admits to having sexual contact with, according to a criminal complaint.

Madison police arrested Dennis P. Jenks, 44, at his home in the 6600 block Raymond Road on Madison's far west side Feb. 13.

The criminal complaint states that the 14-year-old boy told investigators he met Jenks on an online chat website and they met for the first time in September 2012. He said he moved in with Jenks in October and stayed until the day Jenks was arrested.

Jenks told an investigator when he questioned the boy about his age the boy said he was 18. Jenks said he attempted, through various means, to confirm the boy’s age but was unable to do so. The boy admitted to police he used a false name, according to the criminal complaint.

The boy told police he remembered Jenks telling him he was not trying to be rude with regard to his age, but that he could lose his job.

Jenks was released on a signature bond following his initial appearance in Dane County Court Friday. He is subject to bail monitoring and was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Jenks is on unpaid suspension, according to the Mount Horeb police chief.

Jenks is a lieutenant in the Mount Horeb Police Department, and he has been employed with the department since 2000.

The Mount Horeb Police Department said it is conducting an internal investigation.

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