A convicted sex offender allegedly walked more than 350 miles from Indiana to Wisconsin intending to have sex with a 14-year-old girl, but was arrested as part of sting operation, WCTV reports.
Tommy Lee Jenkins, 32, began exchanging messages with a Facebook user named “Kylee” on Oct. 1.
According to the report, Jenkins thought “Kylee” was a 14-year-old girl who lived in Wisconsin, where he had recently moved from. He allegedly told her to send him sexually explicit images and attempted to convince her to visit him, but she declined.
So Jenkins walked the 351 miles from the Indianapolis suburb of Whitestown, Indiana, to Wisconsin. As he traveled, he continued to have sexually explicit conversations with “Kylee,” according to a federal criminal complaint obtained by the news outlet.
On Thursday, Jenkins was in Milwaukee and texted “Kylee” that someone had purchased a bus ticket for him to where he believed the girl was located, according to court records obtained by WISN-TV.
In one transcript of the conversation, the undercover deputy wrote: “do you care I’m 14 and drink?” Jenkins replied, “no.”
Prosecutors say Jenkins turned the conversation to sex and asked “Kylee” to send him a picture in which she was not wearing a shirt or pants, according to WISN-TV.
“When you get here would you like to have sex with me,” Jenkins wrote.
“Yes!!!,” the deputy wrote back, posing as “Kylee.”
Jenkins also allegedly sent an explicit image of himself to “Kylee” and again said he wanted to see her naked.
In another text message, Jenkins wrote that he wished he and “Kylee” would “have 500 kids before we are with GOD.”
Jenkins was arrested on Thursday upon learning that “Kylee” was not a 14-year-old girl, but was actually an undercover deputy with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office.
“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,” the U.S. Attorney’s office statement read. “The Justice Department is committed to working with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to prosecute child sexual abuse aggressively.”
Jenkins was convicted on child sex charges in 2011, according to WISN-TV.
In this latest case, Jenkins has been charged with using a computer in an attempt to persuade, induce or entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity.
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