MCSO detention officer accused of child molestation

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Scott Dennison By Christina O'Haver Scott Dennison By Christina O'Haver
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PHOENIX -- A Maricopa County Sheriff's detention officer is on administrative leave following sex crime charges dating back almost two decades.

The Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old Scott Andrew Dennison, who was charged Thursday, remains jailed on charges of sexual conduct with a minor and molestation of a child.

According to court records, two female victims told Peoria police that Dennison molested them when they were children. Another victim alleges that Dennison engaged her in oral sex when she was between 4 and 5 years old.

The alleged incidents took place in January 1996 and April 2000, when Dennison was in his mid to late teens.

Dennison has been with MCSO since 2004. The agency is conducting an internal investigation.

"Scott Dennison was an intake detention officer for the majority of his career, so he worked at the Fourth Avenue Jail, interacting obviously with people that were booked in," said MCSO spokesman Deputy Joaquin Enriquez. "He's treated the same as everybody else, but he's isolated for his safety."

The sheriff's office said Dennison was initially placed on paid leave when Peoria police said they were investigating him. He was placed on unpaid leave after a grand jury found enough evidence to indict him on several sex crimes.

Dennison is scheduled to appear at a court hearing Tuesday