WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 32-year-old man was reported to have walked from Indianapolis to Wisconsin to meet the 14-year-old girl whom he taught he had been talking to on Facebook.
- After accepting a friend request, the man continuously sent messages and revealing photos to the girl suggesting that they should have sex and children together.
- Police eventually arrested the man upon his arrival at Wisconsin, where he was supposed to meet the ‘girl’.
CNN reported about a man who set out on a 351 mile-journey to meet and have sex with a girl he met online whom he thought to be a 14-year-old.
Travelling on foot from an Indianapolis suburb to Neenah, Wisconsin, 32-year-old Tommy Lee Jenkins was meeting Facebook friend ‘Kylee’ for the first time. But ‘Kylee’ turned out to be a deputy at the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, who was working with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Prosecutors said that communications between Jenkins and ‘Kylee’ started with Jenkins accepting a friend request from the profile. Shortly after, he began sending ‘Kylee’ explicit messages, asking her if she’s ever had sex as well as requesting her to send him revealing photos.
At some point, Jenkins messaged her saying they should “have 500 kids before we are with GOD,” and added that he wanted to have a child with her in the next year, according to the criminal complaint filed against Jenkins.
This was followed by Jenkins allegedly asking the girl if she wanted him to see her in Wisconsin. He later sent another message saying, “I will tell you when i get to Neenah 108 hours by walking.”
Jenkins purportedly sent updates of his journey, including photos of state signs and selfies. Upon reaching Wisconsin, he messaged ‘Kylee’ telling her that someone got him a bus ticket for the rest of his trip.
Last week, Jenkins was arrested in Neenah and currently faces a 10-year sentence to life, once convicted. According to Oshkosh Northwestern, Jenkins was also accused of assaulting two 7 and 8-year-old boys in two separate incidents in 2011. Eventually, Jenkins entered a no contest plea and was sentenced to four years of probation.
“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 D. Krueger in a statement to CNN.
“The Justice Department is committed to working with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to prosecute child sexual abuse aggressively,” Krueger added.