May 22, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Grand Junction Daily Sentinel "Cop hit on her as teen, woman says"

Paul Shockley:
"A Grand Junction Police Department officer in 2000 struck up a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl whom he met investigating a runaway case, which led to trysts in the officer’s patrol cruiser and at police facilities at then-Mesa State College, among other locations, according to court records made public.

The affair continued another 11 years, the records allege.

Eric Janusz, 42, of Fruita, is charged with four counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, and another count alleging a pattern of abuse.

The arrest affidavit — authorities redacted the name of the accuser victim and identifying information — was unsealed by court order on May 15.

Daniel Shaffer, Janusz’s attorney, could not be reached for comment.

Grand Junction police in August 2011 opened an investigation into Janusz’s activities after the woman filed a report. She alleged they had an off and on sexual relationship ending in August 2011, the affidavit said.

She said it started in July 2000 when she was 16, when Janusz was assigned to investigate a runaway case involving the girl’s brother. Janusz at the time worked at the department’s substation at Mesa State.

Janusz was in uniform conducting official police business when they met, the affidavit said...."
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