GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – A veteran Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy has been forced out of his job after an investigation revealed he repeatedly had sex with a married woman while the deputy was on duty and in uniform.
“It was substantiated that some of our policies and procedures were violated as a result of this relationship therefore Mike Sensano is no longer with this organization,” said Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink. Sensano’s last day with the sheriff’s department was April 15.
Sensano began with the sheriff’s department in 1979, but was suspended Jan. 21, 2013, after a married woman came forward saying she had repeatedly had sexual contact with Sensano while he was on duty. Sensano is not married. The woman said the sex occasionally took place in the deputy’s patrol vehicle and at other times occurred in a sheriff’s department satellite office.
Contacted by CBS4, Sensano said, “I’ve had a long career, I’m no longer working there. I have no other comment to make. All I can tell you is I am no longer with with the sheriff’s office.”
Sensano declined to discuss the woman’s claims.
The woman spoke to CBS4 but asked that her identity not be revealed as she contends she was coerced and manipulated into the sexual affair. She repeatedly said she was “embarrassed and ashamed” about what occurred.
She contends Sensano pressured her into the relationship by suggesting her business might have acted illegally.
“I felt like he was using his position as a deputy to get access to different women and access to me,” she said.
Asked about having sexual relations while he was on the job, she said, “We had sex several times like that. We had sex up there, sexual contact a number of other occasions while he was on duty.”
She was asked if they had sex in a sheriff’s department outpost in western Jefferson County.
“Correct,” she replied. “I’m not real proud of the way I acted.”
After several months of investigating the woman’s claims, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office sent the woman a letter reading in part:
Based upon the information gathered as a result of the investigation, the complaint was substantiated and the employee received the appropriate discipline.
“A bad decision was made and we had to take some action,” said Mink, who characterized the policy violations as “explicit.”
“This uniform is all we have to gain the trust and confidence of the community because we are serving them. And once this uniform has been tarnished by inappropriate behavior or bad decisions, that crossed the line between what we want to be as an organization to what the individual’s discredit has brought on us.”
Mink said there have been no other similar complaints lodged against Sensano.
The woman who got involved with Sensano says the affair has taken a serious toll on her marriage, family, business and her health.
“I appreciate the sheriff’s office took steps which clearly show that they were serious about responding to this and they really did,” she told CBS4.
- Written by Brian Maass for CBSDenver.com