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UPDATE: Mt. Horeb officer facing sex assault charge resigns

MOUNT HOREB (WKOW) -- Mount Horeb police issued a statement Monday morning about one of their officers.

"Dennis Jenks has resigned from his employment with the Mount Horeb Police Department.  He is no longer associated with this agency."

This statement comes as Jenks is to be in court this afternoon for his charge of repeated sexual assault of a child.


MADISON (WKOW) -- A criminal complaint states a Mount Horeb police officer took in a homeless, 14-year-old boy and repeatedly, sexually assaulted him over a period of months.

Forty-four-year old Dennis Jenks appeared in Dane County court Thursday on a felony charge. A previous signature bond for Jenks was allowed to remain as his bail.

According to a criminal complaint, Jenks met the boy through a web site. The complaint states after chatting online with Jenks, the boy told Jenks he had been kicked out of his home and the teen moved into Jenks' Madison home last October.

Court documents state the boy tried to conceal his real age from Jenks and maintained he was 18.

The criminal complaint states after Jenks spent months in a sexual relationship with the boy, he lost interest sexually and wanted to "...mentor him like a father figure."

Jenks has been suspended without pay from the Mt. Horeb Police department. Jenks appeared in court Thursday without an attorney.

27 News reported Wednesday Jenks' contact with a 17-year-old boy was investigated by the Waushara County Sheriff's Office in 2003, but no department officials notified the Mount Horeb Police department about the probe at that time. There is no record of a prosecution of Jenks as a result of that investigation.

In 1999, Jenks was fined in Iowa County for furnishing a 17-year-old boy with alcohol. Jenks was an officer with the Blue Mounds Police department at the time and was suspended for six days.





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