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Martinsburg man convicted of sexually abusing boys

February 07, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Martinsburg man faces a maximum of 35 to 75 years in prison after he was found guilty of sexually abusing two boys and assaulting one of them when the siblings were 3 and 4 years old.

A jury deliberated for about two hours in Berkeley County Circuit Court on Wednesday afternoon before it found Christopher Michael Jensen, 21, guilty of one count of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of sexual abuse, according to Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory K. Jones.

Jensen, of 357 Cheswick Drive, was found not guilty of one count of first-degree sexual assault involving the youngest boy, according to Jones and court documents.

The jury’s verdict was read aloud in open court at 5:48 p.m., according to the Berkeley County Circuit Clerk’s office.

Jensen, who is being held in Eastern Regional Jail, is scheduled to be sentenced April 15 by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes, Jones said.

Sexual abuse and assault charges filed against Jensen for allegedly assaulting a 20-year-old woman in a church parking lot in September 2012 are pending in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, Jones said.

The alleged sexual contact with the boys occurred in November 2007, but the children did not report what occurred until January 2012, Jones said. The state alleged in the case that Jensen was baby-sitting the boys when he individually assaulted them in the bathroom of their home after they were blindfolded, Jones said.

Jensen was indicted by a grand jury in October 2012 on the four felony sex offenses, according to Jones.

The case was transferred from juvenile to adult status by Circuit Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. in September upon the state’s motion, Jones said.

Jensen was incarcerated for alleged sexual assault of the woman at the time he was indicted on the charges involving the boys, according to Jones.
 
The woman told police that the defendant was not her boyfriend, but indicated they had agreed to go to the parking lot of a church off Lovelace Way to “make out” after she picked him up in her van, according to court documents.

The West Virginia State Police investigated both cases and some matters remain under investigation, according to Jones.

Jensen testified in his own defense in the trial, which began Tuesday morning, Jones said.

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