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Mount Horeb police officer accused of sex with minor resigns

Published On: Mar 25 2013 08:22:46 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 25 2013 09:05:24 AM CDT
Dennis P. Jenks
MOUNT HOREB, Wis. -

A Mount Horeb police officer arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of a child in Madison has resigned, according to the Mount Horeb police department.

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

Jenks was on unpaid suspension during the investigation. He was a lieutenant and had been with the department since 2000.

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 is free on a signature bond. He is subject to bail monitoring and was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

The 14-year-old boy is also involved in a sexual assault case involving a Middleton man. The former church music director has been charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child.

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