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Mt. Horeb officer investigated in 2003, department not told of probe


MT. HOREB (WKOW) -- A Mount Horeb police officer accused of child sex assault was investigated in 2003 for his contact with a teenage boy, but his department was not informed at the time.

Madison police officers arrested 44-year old Dennis Jenks last week at his Madison home. A Madison police spokesperson said Jenks repeatedly, sexually assaulted a 14-year old boy. Jenks has a scheduled court appearance Thursday, and is free on a signature bond.

Authorities said in 2003, the Waushara County Sheriff's department investigated Jenks' past contact with a 17-year old boy. When contacted by 27 News, Sheriff David Peterson declined comment, citing Madison's current investigation into Jenks.

Sources told 27 News a man in his twenties recounted to sheriff's detectives Jenks giving him alcohol and touching him improperly, when the man was seventeen.

Mount Horeb Police Chief Jeff Veloff told 27 News department staff were not informed of the investigation into Jenks in 2003. Veloff said Waushara County Sheriff's officials informed him Wednesday, one day after 27 News contacted Peterson and inquired about the decade-old investigation.

Veloff said Mount Horeb police staff members would have like to have been told of the existence of the investigation in 2003, even though the investigation did not result in a prosecution. Veloff said Jenks apparently violated department rules by failing to notify department superiors he was under investigation.

Jenks is on unpaid suspension from the police department.

Jenks' online biography states he was born and raised in Waushara County.

In 1999, Jenks was cited by Iowa County sheriff's deputies for furnishing alcohol to a 17-year old boy he hosted at his home, and was fined $300. Veloff said he was aware of the citation when he promoted Jenks from officer to lieutenant in 2009.

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