South Idaho police officer accused of sexually abusing young girls
TWIN FALLS (AP) — A Twin Falls Police officer was charged Monday with sexually abusing at least two pre-teen girls within the last 11 years. The alleged crimes happened before he was a police officer, but a sheriff’s investigator said he believes “many more” victims will be uncovered.
William Anthon Jansen, 33, of Twin Falls faces four felony counts of lewd conduct with a minor under 16 and one misdemeanor count of disseminating material harmful to a minor. He’s accused of touching the girls’ genitals with his hands.
Jansen, a patrol officer, was placed on paid administrative leave when the allegations surfaced March 31, Twin Falls city spokesman Joshua Palmer said.
His leave was switched to unpaid when he was officially charged Monday, Twin Falls Police Chief Craig Kingsbury said.