An Indiana man was apparently willing to go to extreme lengths to engage in sexual relations with who he thought was a 14-year-old girl. 

But things didn’t exactly work out that way for Tommy Lee Jenkins.

Too bad for him that he didn’t figure out he was talking to an undercover cop before walking more than 350 miles…

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32-year-old Tommy Lee Jenkins is facing felony charges after violating his probation and walking more than 350 miles to meet “Kylee”. (Winnebago County Jail)

 

Federal investigators say that the 32-year-old was arrested after he allegedly tried to coerce who he thought was a juvenile teenage girl into having sex, and is now charged with using a computer to attempt to persuade, induce or entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity.

Jenkins and “Kylee” began chatting online on October 1, prosecutors say. “Kylee” told Jenkins that she was a 14-year-old girl living in Wisconsin with her mother. They say he “began demanding sexually explicit photographs from ‘Kylee’ and making plans to engage in sexual activity,” according to court documents.

Jenkins reportedly told the girl to come to Indiana and get drunk with him.

But when she wouldn’t turn over the pictures he had asked for, prosecutors say that Jenkins decided to just walk to her…. from Indiana to Wisconsin.

The trip was about 351 miles. And Jenkins set out on his way to her.

On the way, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin say that “Jenkins continued to engage ‘Kylee’ in sexually explicit conversations and updated her as to his current location.”

 

Jenkins apparently swore that his love would defy the laws of science, telling her that he wanted to have 500 babies with her in a year. 

But when he finally got there, love wasn’t waiting — the FBI was. The girl wasn’t actually a teenager named “Kylee”, but an undercover Winnebago County sheriff’s deputy working with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

“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.”

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He was quickly arrested and taken into custody, where he remains.

Reports show that this isn’t the first time that Jenkins has been involved with the law. According to Oshkosh Northwestern, Jenkins was previously accused of sexually assaulting children. 

“In 2011, Winnebago County prosecutors charged Jenkins with two counts of repeated first-degree sexual assault of the same child, but those charges were later reduced to four counts of child abuse,” their report noted. “He was sentenced in 2012 to four years of probation.”

According to those reports, Jenkins had repeatedly touched 7 and 8-year-old boys inappropriately, telling them that the police would arrest them if they told on him. 

If convicted of the deplorable crime, Jenkins faces the potential of a lifetime behind bars. According to online records, the man remains in jail at the Brown County Jail in Wisconsin.

 

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