Police arrested a Cedar City man Monday on multiple sex-related charges related to reports made by two female middle school students in September.
Cedar City police booked Andrew Wayne Jensen
, 21, into Iron County Jail on three counts of sodomy on a child, one count of rape of a child and one count of forcible sexual abuse
after interviews and a confession from Jensen that the incidents occurred, according to a CCPD report.
Investigators became aware of the alleged incidents in September when officials at Canyon View Middle School noted two girls were not in their scheduled classes, according to the report.
Later that day, the two students returned and were questioned as to their whereabouts, according to the report.
During questioning, police learned of an alleged meeting between Jensen and the two girls, ages 13 and 14 years old.
Jensen confirmed the original information given to officers by the girls
, and confessed to an additional unreported incident of sexual abuse involving another 12-year-old girl
, Robinson said.
"They had been text messaging back and forth prior to this - it wasn't just happenstance that he picked these girls," Robinson said. "Clearly, he was in place he shouldn't have been with people he shouldn't have been with."
Jensen has no prior sex offenses and could face 15 years to life for the first-degree felony rape and sodomy charges and one to 15 years for sexual abuse if found guilty.