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UPDATE: Former church official will stand trial for sexual assault


MADISON (WKOW) -- The case against a former church official accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy will go to trial.

James Gillespie's attorney entered a *not guilty* plea for his client on Monday in Dane County court.

Gillespie is accused of assaulting the same 14-year-old boy as former Mount Horeb police officer Dennis Jenks.

Both men told investigators they thought the boy was of legal age when they met him.


MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- Authorities said a 14-year old runaway boy was sexually assaulted by both a Mount Horeb police officer and a former Middleton church music minister.

48-year-old James Gillespie made an initial appearance in Dane County court Thursday on two felony charges of sexual assault of a child. Gillespie served five years as director of music ministry at St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Church minister Roger Eigenfeld told 27 News Gillespie was terminated Tuesday.

The complaint states the boy made late night visits to Gillespie's Middleton condominium from November through January and engaged in sex acts with Gillespie.

Gillespie was released on a signature bond.

Earlier this month, Mount Horeb Police sergeant Dennis Jenks was charged with child sexual assault, after authorities said Jenks took-in a 14-year old boy and repeatedly, sexually assaulted him.

Middleton Police captain Chuck Foulke told 27 News his department's investigation of Gillespie led to Jenks. Jenks lives in Madison, and Foulke said Madison police officials were brought in to investigate the separate case.

Criminal documents state the boy posed as an 18-year old with both men.

Documents also indicate both Gillespie and Jenks met the boy through social media.

Jenks was also investigated by the Waushara County Sheriff's department in 2003 in connection to his contact with a teenager, but sheriff's officials have declined to release records to 27 News, citing the ongoing Madison police investigation.


MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- The former music director at a Middleton church is charged with sexually assaulting the same teenage boy a Mount Horeb police lieutenant is charged with assaulting.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, James "Alex" Gillespie, 48, was charged Wednesday. Middleton Police Captain Chuck Foulke told the State Journal the investigation involving Gillespie led to the Madison Police investigation of Dennis Jenks, 44, who has been suspended without pay from the Mount Horeb Police Department.

Jenks was charged last week with repeated sexual assault of a child. Gillespie is charged with two counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of Child and scheduled for a first court appearance Thursday morning in Dane County Circuit Court.

Police say the boy ran away from home and lived with Jenks from October until February 13, when Jenks was arrested. The State Journal reports a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court claims Gillespie assaulted the boy in November and December.

The State Journal says Gillespie was music director at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Middleton. The church's senior pastor, Reverend Roger Eigenfeld, told the newspaper the church is "shocked" by news about Gillespie.

According to the criminal complaint, the boy, who is 14, said he told Gillespie and Jenks he was 18.

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