Miami-Dade Police Lieutenant Faces Rape Charges In Palm Beach County

Lieutenant John Jenkins Jr., with more than 20 years of law enforcement experience, faces rape charges. He was booked into a Palm Beach County jail late Friday.

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- Tonight, some disturbing allegations against a Miami-Dade Police Lieutenant who was arrested on several counts of rape. Those charges from an incident that happened at a big police event in Palm Beach Gardens. CBS4's Bobeth Yates reports.

BOBETH YATES: Well, it was a major shake up here at the Miami-Dade Police Department as a veteran law enforcement officer with 25 years experience, who was supposed to be serving and protecting the community, was arrested. This video is former Miami-Dade Police Lieutenant John Jenkins, leaving the Palm Beach Main Detention Facility after being arrested on rape charges.

According to the case files, Jenkins was charged with two counts of sexual assault and battery. The charges allegedly stem from an incident that occurred while Jenkins was in Palm Beach Gardens, at the Police Benevolent Association Officer's Ball back in April. In a statement, Jenkins attorney says he's looking forward to his day in court to clear his name and reputation. That statement went on to say this situation involved two married, consenting adults, who had known each other for many years, and anything that may have occurred was consensual.

Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo Ramirez also released a statement in response saying, "As law enforcement officers, we are held to higher standards in society on and off duty. Immediately after being notified of the incident, Jenkins was relieved of his duties." Jenkins also held a position with the South Florida PBA, and they released the following statement. "The South Florida PBA is appalled and deeply saddened by the charges against Lieutenant Jenkins, who previously resigned from his position with the PBA." That statement went on to say "We take these charges very seriously and are cooperating with the investigation fully."

Again, Lieutenant Jenkins has been released from jail. His court date has not been set yet. We'll keep you posted on when that happens. Bobeth Yates, CBS4 News Tonight.