Ex-Tempe police officer sentenced after alleged affair with drug dealer

A former Tempe Police detective was sentenced to 18-months probation. She's accused of having sex with a man she was supposed to be investigating, ruining an undercover drug investigation in Tempe.

She pleaded guilty to attempting to hinder prosecution, and a judge sentenced her to a year and a half probation.

"I've always prided myself on making good decisions and doing the right thing, in this specific matter I failed at that, I'm very sorry," said Jessica Dever-Jakusz.

Jessica Dever-Jakusz cried in court just before a judge handed down her sentence. The former detective is accused of having sex with a man who was the target of a narcotics investigation.

"It cost me a career that I loved and dedicated nine years to, and it almost cost me my marriage," she said.

Dever-Jakusz allegedly told the suspect he was under investigation. Prosecutors say her actions ruined the police department's five-month investigation.

"She did put other officers in danger, luckily the suspect she was involved with was not a super dangerous guy," said prosecutor Lindsey Coates.

Dever-Jakusz's husband stood by her side, telling a judge she's paid the price for her actions.

"I've suffered, our marriage has suffered, there's been embarrassment and sadness, but I will tell you no one has suffered more than Jess at this point," said her husband.

Jakusz left her job at the Tempe Police Department in 2013; she's now working at a gym.

"My life has been turned upside down, and I only have myself to blame. I'm very sorry for my behavior, and I regret everything I have done," said Dever-Jakusz.
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