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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 7, 2014

Geneva Man Convicted Of Transporting And Possessing Child Pornography

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced that, following a jury trial, JOSEPH VINCENT JENKINS, (43, of Geneva, New York) was found guilty in U.S. District Court in Syracuse, N.Y. of the felony offenses of Transportation of Child Pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(1) and 2256(8)(A), and Possession of Child Pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(5)(B) and 2256(8)(A). JENKINS is facing a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years and a maximum sentence of twenty years imprisonment for the Transportation of Child Pornography offense, for the Possession of Child Pornography charge a maximum sentence of imprisonment of ten years; a term of supervised release of at least five years and up to lifetime supervision, a maximum fine of $250,000.00 and mandatory registration as a sex offender. JENKINS is scheduled to be sentenced on June 17, 2014, before Judge Glenn T. Suddaby, in Syracuse, New York.

“Consumers of child pornography re-victimize the children abused by these horrific crimes and create demand for more of this material”, said Nicholas DiNicola, assistant special agent in charge of HSI Albany. “HSI special agents will continue to work with our partners on both sides of the border to identify these criminals and ensure they are brought to justice.”

United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian said “This case should serve as a warning to those who download child pornography over the internet with the belief that they will never be caught. We will continue to pursue these offenders and prosecute them in the courts of the United States.”

JENKINS was arrested on May 24, 2009, at the Port of Lansdowne in Ontario, Canada, when he crossed the United States-Canadian border with a laptop and two thumb drives containing images and videos of child pornography. JENKINS was charged in Canada and failed to appear at his trial. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest by the Ontario Court of Justice. Federal Agents with Homeland Security Investigations took the case after a referral from the Ontario Provincial Police as the defendant entered the Port of Lansdowne from Jefferson County, New York, and had transported and possessed child pornography in the Northern District of New York before entering Canada.

This prosecution resulted from an investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, Canada Border Services Agency, and Ontario Provincial Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Tamara B. Thomson and Gwendolyn Carroll. Further questions may be directed to Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney John Duncan at (315) 448-0672.

Updated January 29, 2015