This story has been corrected.
A Sheridan man has been arrested on three counts of sexual assault involving minor females.
Dennis Jensen was arrested Monday evening and had his initial appearance in Madison County Justice Court Tuesday. Judge MaryAnn O’Malley set Jensen’s bail at $100,000. By Wednesday he was out on bond.
According to the affidavit for probable cause in the case, Jensen was arrested for sexual assault on three girls between the ages of 11 and 12. The alleged assaults happened June 2012.
Jensen is alleged to have grabbed the victims’ buttocks, put his hands down two of the victims’ shirts and one of the victims’ pants, according to the affidavit for probable cause.
At least some of assaults are alleged to have occurred at Jensen’s Family Market, the business he owns in Sheridan.
According to the affidavit for probable cause, Jensen would sit in a swivel chair and block the victims’ path out of the store until they gave him a hug.
“Dennis Jensen uses the hug as a ploy to feel [redacted] body,” according to the document.
As stipulations of his
probation bail, Jensen is not allowed to have any contact with minors.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Department has been working on the case since June, said undersheriff Roger Thompson.
Thompson also confirmed the alleged victims are acquaintances of Jensen’s but not family members.
In Montana law: “A person who knowingly subjects another person to any sexual contact without consent commits the offense of sexual assault.”
Jensen is scheduled to have another appearance in court next week, but that will likely be postponed when his case is transferred to Madison County District Court.