UPDATE: Not Guilty Pleas in Dane Co. Child Assault Case

By: WSAW Staff
By: WSAW Staff

UPDATED: Fri 10:14 AM, Aug 02, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Not guilty pleas have been entered on behalf of a former Mount Horeb police lieutenant accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old child.

Dane County Judge Ellen Berz entered the pleas for 44-year-old Dennis Jenks Thursday. Jenks is accused of repeatedly assaulting the runaway who had moved into the officer's apartment. Jenks is also charged with sexual exploitation of a child and possessing child pornography.

The State Journal says another man, the former music director at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Middleton, has pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting the same child from Beloit, who was living with Jenks at the time. James Gillespie is to be sentenced Oct. 4.

ORIGINAL STORY: Fri 1:32 PM, Feb 15, 2013

A Dane County man is expected to be charged with child sexual assault, after being arrested Wednesday on the allegations of repeatedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old child.

According to WMTV, the suspect, Dennis Jenks is also a lieutenant with the Mount Horeb Police Department. Jenks is currently suspended.

Jenks, 44, has been with the Mount Horeb Police Department since 2000. According to Department's website, he's previously worked with the Iowa County Sheriff's Department, as well as the Barneveld, Blue Mounds and Dodgeville police departments.

The Madison and Mount Horeb police departments are both investigating.

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