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Miami-Dade police officer accused of sexual battery in Palm Beach Gardens

Former lieutenant relieved of duty with pay
John Jenkins
Posted at 12:08 PM, May 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-08 19:04:57-04

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — A South Florida police officer is facing sex charges after an alleged incident at PGA National Resort & Spa in late April.

Palm Beach Gardens police have arrested Miami-Dade police Lt. John Jenkins on charges of sexual battery and attempted sexual battery.

According to police, Jenkins followed the victim into her hotel room, where she said he sexually assaulted her.

The alleged incident occurred after the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association Gala in Jupiter.

Published reports said Jenkins resigned last week as the executive vice president of the South Florida Police Benevolent Association.

A spokesman for Miami-Dade police told WPTV on Friday that Jenkins has been relieved of duty with pay.

Miami-Dade Police Department Director Freddy Ramirez issued the following statement:

"As law enforcement officers we are held to a higher standard in society, on and off duty. Immediately after being notified of an incident that occurred off duty on April 25, 2021, in the city of Palm Beach Gardens, I ordered for John Jenkins Jr. to be relieved of his official duties as a Miami-Dade Police Department lieutenant. Now learning of his arrest, it has brought a sense of disappointment that is immeasurable. This is a serious matter and I am confident that the city of Palm Beach Gardens Police Department will continue to carry out a thorough investigation."