Man with sex abuse conviction faces new charge


An Idaho Falls man with a history of child sex abuse was arrested March 6 for inappropriately touching a teen girl.

Justin Dee Jensen, 41, has been charged with sexual battery of a minor 16 to 17 years of age.

The victim’s mother reported the abuse to police in November after learning Jensen had touched the girl sexually several times, including in front of another minor child.

When an Idaho Falls Police Department officer called to speak to the victim’s mother, Jensen answered instead. The officer said he could not speak to him about why he was calling.

A minute after the call ended, the officer received a call from the victim’s mother. The officer arranged to meet with a Child Protective Services employee to interview the victim.

After the victim discussed Jensen’s sexual abuse, police contacted him and told him to avoid contact with the victim.

During a forensic interview a few days later, the victim said Jensen had touched her multiple times and that she tried to avoid him, but was concerned he would become upset.

Jensen told police he wasn’t sure what was inappropriate. He said he was massaging the victim while she was in pain, and that he had done so two or three times, then corrected himself and said it was eight times.

Jensen pleaded guilty in October 2000 to sexual abuse of a child under 16 in Madison County . He was placed on retained jurisdiction. On March 20, 2001, he was released on probation that lasted until 2010.

The detective asked if Jensen had been relapsing. He replied “I know I’ll never be cured.”

Sexual battery of a minor child 16 to 17 years of age is punishable with up to 25 years in prison.

A no-contact order has been issued between Jensen and the victim. His bond was set at $50,000.

A no-contact order hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. March 21. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 21.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.