Man That Travelled from Indiana to Wisconsin to Engage in Sexual Activity with 14 Year-old Pleads Guilty
United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that Tommy Lee Jenkins (age: 32) formerly a resident of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, entered a guilty plea to a charge of attempted child enticement before Senior District Judge William C. Griesbach.
According to court documents, starting on October 1, 2019, Jenkins, who in September of 2019 moved from Oshkosh to Whitestown, Indiana, began exchanging instant messages with “Kylee” whom he believed to be a 14 year-old girl living in Neenah, Wisconsin. Jenkins began demanding sexually explicit photographs from “Kylee” and making plans to engage in sexual activity with the minor. When his numerous requests for “Kylee” to join him in Indiana were rebuffed, Jenkins walked and hitchhiked the 351-mile trek from Whitestown, Indiana to Neenah, Wisconsin. Along the way, Jenkins continued to engage “Kylee” in sexually explicit conversations and updated her as to his current location.
“Kylee” was, in fact, a Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputy assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (“ICAC”) Task Force. Upon his arrival in Winnebago County, sheriff’s deputies and a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation placed Jenkins under arrest.
Jenkins faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years and up to a lifetime of imprisonment when he is sentenced on May 27, 2020.
This case was investigated by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Green Bay office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Julie F. Stewart and Daniel R. Humble.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006, by the U.S. Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood, marshals, federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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