Travelers Rest police officer arrested, accused of sexually assaulting teen


TIMELINE FOR RELEASE. DETAILS ON THE ADMINISTRATION’S NEW RULE. GOOD EVENING, I AM ANY WOOD. I AM GORDON DILL. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS EVENING. A POLICE OFFICER IN TRAVELERS REST HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A TEENAGER. 27-YEAR-OLD SHAWN JENKINS HAS NOW BEEN FIRED. 7 NEWS REPORTER KIRSTEN GLAVIN JOINING US LIVE WITH THE STORY TONIGHT. ACCORDING TO THE POLICE CHIEF HERE IN TRAVELERS REST, JENKINS WAS AN EMPLOYEE HERE FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS. HE WAS A LONGTIME EMPLOYEE AT GREENVILLE COUNTY EMS. TRAVELERS REST POLICE OFFICER SHAWN JENKINS DANCE ACCUSED OF BEING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE LAW AFTER HE WAS ARRESTED ON TUESDAY FOR ALLEGEDLYSEXUALLY ASSAULTING A TEEN. ACCORDING TO ONE FROM THE GREENVILLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, THE TEENAGER CAME FORWARD SEEING JENKINS THREATENED HIM WITH A TASER TELLING HIM TO STRIP. ACCORDING TO THE 17-YEAR-OLD BOY STATEMENT, THE SEX ACTS WERE LATER PERFORMED. 7 NEWS STOPPED BY JENKINS HOUSE WHERE THIS REPORTEDLY TOOK PLACE. BUT NO ONE ANSWERED THE DOOR. ACCORDING TO THE TRAVELERS REST POLICE CHIEF, JENKINS WAS ON A PROBATIONARY PERIOD WITH THE CITY. ONLY WORKING FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR THREE MONTHS. HE WAS FIRED LAST THURSDAY ACCORDING TO RECORDS OBTAINED BY CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACADEMY. JENKINS WAS ALSO A LONGTIME GREENVILLE COUNTY EMS EMPLOYEE ACCORDING TO A COUNTY SPOKESPERSON WHO CONFIRMED JENKINS HAD BEEN WORKING THERE FOR THE PAST NINE YEARS. ACCORDING TO THE COUNTY, JENKINS WAS PUT ON UNPAID LEAVE NEARLY 2 WEEKS AGO. AND THEN RESIGNED THIS PAST SATURDAY JUST THREE DAYS BEFORE HE WAS ARRESTED. ACCORDING TO THE GREENVILLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, THEY WERE FIRST ALERTED TO THIS ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT ABOUT pTWO WEEKS AGO AND THEY SAY THAT JENKINS DID KNOW THE VICTIM AND HAD KNOWN THE VICTIM FOR SOME TIME. REPORTING LIVE IN TRAVELERS REST TONIGHT, KIRSTEN GLAVIN, 7 NEWS. THANK YOU. WE CAN TELL YOU JENKINS IS OUT

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