JUNEAU – A 22-year-old Columbus man was placed on two years of probation on Thursday after being found guilty of fourth degree sexual assault after having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl.
James P. Jensen, 244 S. Ludington St., was also charged with sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age. He received a deferred prosecution agreement on that charge.
Jensen must serve 45 days in jail with Huber and transfer privileges. Another 45 days was imposed and stayed dependant on Jensen’s compliance with the probation terms.
According to the complaint, the girl’s mother called detectives on Oct. 15, 2011, after the girl told a counselor that she had been sexually assaulted and the counselor convinced her to tell her mother.
The complaint states that the girl told her mother that she had been at a small party with a friend a week before when she had been sexually assaulted. She admitted to being both drunk and high at the time. She said that she hadn’t wanted to drink, but Jensen pressured her until she gave in and she had a few shots. Jensen refused to comment about any of the accusations, only telling officers that he was a virgin and had never had sex.
The complaint states that DNA found on the girl’s clothing was a match to Jensen.
Jensen must also provide a DNA sample, pay court costs and attend and follow through with counseling as deemed appropriate by his agent. He may not have contact with the victim or any female under age 18.