Another man accused of sexually assaulting boy, 14

Victim was living with Mount Horeb police officer in Madison

Published On: Feb 27 2013 09:56:41 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 27 2013 11:17:03 PM CST
MIDDLETON, Wis. -

A Middleton man who is a former church music director and a Mount Horeb police officer are accused of sexually assaulting the same 14-year-old boy.

Middleton police said James A. "Alex" Gillespie, 48, of Middleton, is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Dane County Circuit Court Thursday on charges of sexual assault of a child.

The victim is a 14-year-old boy who had been missing from his Beloit home since October 2012, according to a Middleton Police Department news release.

Middleton police said the boy had been living with Dennis Jenks, a Mount Horeb police officer, on Raymond Road in Madison until contacted by Middleton detectives on Feb. 13.

Middleton detectives said they notified Madison police of the relationship between the victim and Jenks and then developed probable cause to charge Gillespie.

Gillespie is suspected of assaulting the victim in his home on Century Avenue, Middleton police said.

Police said their investigation of Gillespie began in December and continues. Gillespie is a former music director at St. Luke's Church in Middleton, police said.

Anyone who has information about Gillespie is asked to contact the Middleton Police Department.

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

The criminal complaint against Jenks 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 has been released on a signature bond. He is subject to bail monitoring and was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Jenks is on unpaid suspension, according to the Mount Horeb police chief.

Jenks is a lieutenant in the Mount Horeb Police Department, and he has been employed with the department since 2000.

The Mount Horeb Police Department said it is conducting an internal investigation.