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Mar 23, 2013 3:30 PM by AP Posted by Tony Spehar

Former officer guilty of sexually assaulting teen

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A former Grand Junction police officer accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl while on duty has been convicted.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/X2PFVK ) that just before midnight Friday, jurors found 42-year-old Eric Janusz guilty of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. His sentencing is scheduled for May 22.

Prosecutors say Janusz, while on duty, had sex with the girl in 2000 in the gymnasium of then-Mesa State College. His accuser, now 29, testified to repeated sex with the officer, who was married at the time.

Janusz said he became sexually involved with her only when she was of legal age, and his attorneys argued she was a scorned woman who lodged false accusations when a "toxic" relationship ended.

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