For Immediate Release:
On Saturday, March 19, investigators with the Collin County Sheriff’s Office Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) arrested 27-year-old Richard Jenkins, II, of Bricelyn, Minnesota, and charged him with Online Solicitation of a Minor–Sexual Conduct.
In an online chat with an undercover CEU investigator, who was posing as a 15-year-old girl in McKinney, Jenkins made clear his intentions to meet and engage in sexual activity. He drove over 900 miles to pick her up and take her back to Minnesota. He instructed her to tell her parents that she would be staying for a week at a camp in his home state.
Collin County deputies arrested Jenkins in a local park on Saturday and processed him into the Collin County Detention Facility. Jenkins is currently free after posting a $250,000 bond.
The Collin County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Texas Department of Public Safety for their assistance in this investigation.
Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner: “Please diligently monitor your children’s online activities. This man drove 12 straight hours with the intent to pick up a 15-year-old child so he could drive her out of state and sexually assault her. If you suspect that any person is communicating inappropriately with your child online, please report this matter to your nearest law enforcement agency. In Collin County, we will continue to work hard to hunt those who seek to prey upon our children.”
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