Jensen enters guilty plea in MC

By: 
Ashley WIse
Star Interim Editor
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
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James Jensen waits alongside his attorney Garrett Wilson for the change of plea hearing to begin in Miles City.

Former Custer County District High School athletic trainer James ‘Doc’ Jensen, 79, pled guilty to two counts of sexual abuse of children today.

Jensen who was bound to a wheelchair, appeared in the Montana 16th Judicial Court in front of Judge Michael Hayworth for a change of plea hearing.

The state was represented by Wyatt Glade and Shawn Quinlan. Jensen was represented by Garrett Wilson.

Jensen was charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse of children via possession of child pornography on his computer. He was arrested in Miles City in December.

Jensen admitted in court that he had a laptop in his home that contained sexual photographs of children.

Due to a plea agreement, eights counts were dropped. The felony charge of abuse of children carries penalties that include a fine that won’t exceed $10,000, a prison term that won’t exceed 10 years, or both penalties. He may also be required to pay restitution.

Jensen worked as an athletic trainer in Miles City from the 1970s to around 1998. He allegedy used what he called the “Program” to coerce male athletes into participating in sexual activities claiming it would increase their physical performance.

Last month, Jensen was sentenced to 12 years in prison and three years supervised release for coercion and enticement.

Jensen pled guilty in March to the charges. There was no plea agreement.

Jensen will appear in Miles City on Wednesday, August 28 at 9 a.m. for his sentencing on the sexual abuse of children charges.

(Contact Ashley Wise at starnews@midrivers.com.)

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