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

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Garland, Texas, Man Sentenced To 48 Months In Federal Prison For Failing To Register As A Sex Offender

DALLAS — Upwardly departing from the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis sentenced James K. Jenkins, 38, most recently of Garland, Texas, to 48 month in federal prison.  Jenkins pleaded guilty in March 2013 to one count of failure to register as a sex offender.  Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Officers with the Garland, Texas, police department arrested Jenkins in October 2012 on a warrant out of DeKalb County, Georgia, for failure to register as a sex offender and a probation violation.  Jenkins had been convicted in DeKalb County for statutory rape in 2002 and was required to register as a sex offender for life.  After he served the sentence in this case, Jenkins registered as a sex offender, in DeKalb County, in 2006 and 2007.  Sometime between September 1, 2012 and October 1, 2012, Jenkins moved to Texas, and failed to register as a sex offender, even though he resided in Texas for more than 10 days.  In fact, Jenkins advised that he’d lived in Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas and had failed to register in any of those states.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit  For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”

The investigation was conducted by the Garland Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks prosecuted.

Updated June 22, 2015