Former athletic trainer says he "masturbated" young boys with special massages to "boost their performance" on field
Jensen, 78, gave his student athletes 'special massages' which he said were based in 'Chinese medicine'
James E "Doc" Jensen, 78, during his tenure as an athletic trainer at the Custer County District High School athletic.
He was reached at his Miles City apartment by the Billings Gazette on Friday. However, he offered a denial as well, saying, “I did masturbate some of the boys, and I’m sorry for that. But, the lawsuit said there was also oral sex and anal probing, and that isn’t true.”
Jensen hoped his actions “didn’t do a lot of emotional or other trauma to the boys.” That said, one of his victims, who is now nearly in his early 40s spoke on condition of anonymity, rejected his apology outright, saying, “He’s a piece of shit. That man took advantage on so many levels of so many kids." He further revealed that he had just started going to therapy last week.
“I’m telling you, I was definitely masturbated by that guy,” the man said. “And, I think it also went to oral sex, that’s what I’m going to therapy to find out. I’ve pushed so many of those memories down so deep.”
I directed @MontanaDCI to assist the Custer Co. Attorney regarding the multiple sex abuse allegations against James Jensen. We also set up a confidential hotline and email for survivor reporting. https://t.co/04s9saawZD #mtnews #mtcrime— Tim Fox (@AGTimFox) September 22, 2018
Jensen had sent a friend request to many of his victims starting two months ago. It was apparently an effort to reach out to his victims so that he could apologize to them.
However, speaking to the Gazette, the victim said he is doubtful of Jensen's remorse.
“Every man has to find a way to live with himself,” he said. “It’s his mind trying to justify a way that he can sleep at night.”
According to Jensen, who has some medical training as a hospital corpsman and later as an EMT, his athletic training "program" was based on Chinese medicine. At the time of the abuse, he believed the program was legitimate and effective in "boosting" the boys' performance on the football field.
“I guess I thought back then when I was doing it, that it was doing for the boys what I said it would do,” Jensen said. “I’m not so sure now that I look back on it. There was nothing sexual in it for me.”
He also insisted that since his contract was not renewed by the school district in 1998, he has had no sexual contact with the boys. As of now, Jensen says he does not have any plans for the future except “to go to trial and get it over with.”
Daniel Rice, one of the lawyers representing 19 of Jensen's victims in a lawsuit against the offender, the high school, and the school district, said that he has heard from several other victims since the story of the suit broke Friday morning.
“I’ve talked to so many of our clients who have been abused anally and/or orally by this guy; what he is saying is untrue,” Rice said. “Whatever he is trying to do to make himself feel better about how horribly he abused these kids is totally disingenuous.”