After allegedly attempting to groom a girl online for sexual purposes, a man traveled 351 miles on foot to impregnate the teen. However, after completing his arduous trek across 3 states, he arrived to find that it wasn’t a vulnerable child waiting for him.
When 32-year-old Indiana resident Tommy Lee Jenkins met innocent 14-year-old “Kylee” through a friend request on Facebook, he thought he had hit the jackpot. Little did he know that he had actually fallen into a trap.
For any parent who allows their child to use technology, there is always a concern for stranger danger. Sadly, a child predator’s favorite online tool is social media, where there is an abundance of unsupervised minors who can easily fall prey to their grooming techniques.
It didn’t take long after Jenkins connected with Kylee online to begin aggressively “demanding” sexually explicit selfies from the child. Soon, his pressuring her for provocative pics turned into a promise to have sex with the minor, vowing that nothing, not even the 351 miles that separated them, would stop him from getting to her.
After some convincing, Jenkins allegedly divulged that he wanted to have “multiple children” with the girl, revealing that he’d like to “have the first one within a year’s time.” Determined to impregnate the minor, Jenkins then set out on a long and physically demanding journey to fulfill his depraved desires.
Over the course of four days, Jenkins trekked from Whitestown, Indiana, to Neenah, Wisconsin, biking and walking the 351 miles to see Kylee. When he arrived, however, the exhausted but hopeful child predator’s dreams were crushed in an instant to see who he had come all that way to meet.
According to KMSP, Jenkins arrived on foot at the residence of “Kylee” only to find that the 14-year-old he had hoped to rape and impregnate was actually an undercover detective waiting to cart him off to jail. Jenkins discovered that he had been tricked into making the 4-day journey by a stealthy cop, and he was immediately arrested on suspicion of using a computer in an effort to entice a minor child to engage in sexual activity, NBC News reports.
Jenkins sent a sexually explicit photo to “Kylee,” exchanged lewd messages, and updated her on his journey to Wisconsin. Jenkins texted “Kylee” that he wanted to “have 500 kids before we are with GOD,” according to the criminal complaint.
Jenkins had no idea that he was texting updates as to his location throughout the journey and was walking right into a carefully planned sting operation laid out by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department. As it turns out, police had been working with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force to catch the aggressive sexual predator.
“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,” U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger said in a statement. “The Justice Department is committed to working with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to prosecute child sexual abuse aggressively.”
Jenkin was charged with using his computer to persuade a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity and was booked at the Brown County Jail in Wisconsin. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a minimum of 10 years in jail.
Jenkins has previously been accused of sexually assaulting several children, according to the Oshkosh Northwestern. He was subsequently sentenced to 4 years on probation for 4 counts of child abuse.
There’s no doubt that this isn’t Jenkins’ first time luring a child to a sickening fate. If he’s ever released from jail, it surely won’t be his last. This piece of human debris needs to at least be locked away for the good of society where even his fellow inmates look upon such crimes with disgust.