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Former Tempe officer pleads not guilty in scandal

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Former Tempe police officer Jessica Dever-Jakusz pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with a sex and drug scandal. (Source: CBS 5 News) Former Tempe police officer Jessica Dever-Jakusz pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with a sex and drug scandal. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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A former Tempe police officer accused of having sex with a drug trafficking suspect before she resigned pleaded not guilty to hindering prosecution and participating in a prohibited act by a public employee.

Jessica Dever-Jakusz, who resigned in October in lieu of being terminated, was indicted after of a Tempe police investigation into her sexual involvement with a drug trafficking suspect.

She entered her plea Wednesday morning in Maricopa County Superior Court.

A Tempe police report showed that in June 2013, Dever-Jakusz worked undercover with other Tempe narcotics detectives in an operation that targeted the sale of illegal drugs in and around Mill Avenue restaurants and bars.

Dever-Jakusz made several "buys" of MDMA, known on the street as Molly, from the suspect, whose name was blacked out in the report.

The report indicated that Dever-Jakusz became sexually involved with the suspect and shortly after, disclosed to him that she was an undercover detective. She also identified at least four other people the suspect had seen her with as undercover detectives.

According to the report, Dever-Jakusz also told her "lover" about an ongoing drug investigation along Mill Avenue and that she was assigned to him.

The report indicates that an anonymous source advised the Tempe Police Department about Dever-Jakusz's involvement with the suspected drug dealer.

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