Convicted, Indiana pedophile, Tommy Lee Jenkins walks 351 miles to meet teen girl to have sex with arrested by Feds in sting operation.
Tommy Lee Jenkins, 32, began an X-rated instant-message exchange with a teen whom he believed to be named “Kylee” in Wisconsin on Facebook – who was actually a sheriff’s deputy, according to the US Attorney’s Office.
Jenkins accepted a friend request from Kylee’s profile and soon began engaging in sexual conversations with her, asking her if she’s had sex and requesting explicit pictures, a criminal complaint alleges.
Jenkins is alleged to also have harassed the teen girl to meet him for sex in Whitestown, Ind., where he lived, officials said.
When she refused, he set off on foot for where she supposedly was, in Neenah, Wisc. — repeatedly sending her explicit messages and updating her on the progress of his hike, according to prosecutors.
On October 10, he said he had made it to the state and that someone had bought him a bus ticket to get to the girl’s town.
Upon arriving at his destination, Jenkins was met with an unpleasant surprise – with sheriff’s deputies and an FBI agent waiting to bust him, authorities announced Friday.
Jenkins was charged with using a computer to attempt to persuade, induce or entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity. He faces 10 years to life in prison if convicted.
His messages to ‘Kylee” included telling her he wanted them to have 500 kids together, including one within a year, according to the Oshkosh Northwestern.
‘Our nation faces an epidemic of child sexual abuse, with the Internet making it too easy for predators to communicate with children across the country’ said US Attorney Matthew Krueger.
A sobering report via the Oshkosh Northwestern describes Winnebago County prosecutors in 2011 charging Jenkins with two counts of repeated first-degree sexual assault of the same child, only for those charges to later be reduced to four counts of child abuse. He was sentenced in 2012 to four years of probation.
According to court documents, between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2011, a 7-year-old boy told a Neenah police investigator in 2011 that Jenkins would grab or rub his genitals and tell him they both would get into trouble if he told anyone.
An 8-year-old boy also told police Jenkins would squeeze his genitals and buttocks and tell him police would arrest the boy if he ever told anyone, according to court documents.
When an investigator interviewed him, Jenkins said nothing had happened and that both both boys were ‘making the whole thing up,’ according to court documents.
Jenkins later pleaded no contest to four reduced charges of child abuse by recklessly causing harm and was sentenced to four years of probation, according to court records. A 360-day jail sentence was stayed.
Jenkins is scheduled to appear in federal court on October 23.