Jenkins Given 17-Year Term For Child Pornography, Tampering With Witness
A 33-year old New Martinsville resident was sentenced Monday to over 17 years in federal prison on child pornography and witness tampering charges in United States District Court in Wheeling.
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that Brian C. Jenkins was sentenced to 210 months imprisonment by Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr., to be followed by 15 years of supervised release. Jenkins previously entered pleas of guilty in October to “Production of Child Pornography” and to “Tampering with a Witness” by using intimidation, threats, and persuasion to influence the testimony of an individual in an official proceeding.
Jenkins was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Perri and was investigated by the New Martinsville Police Department and the West Virginia State Police.
On April 5 Jenkins was named in a five-count indictment. Counts one through three of the indictment alleged that Jenkins used, persuaded, and enticed a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions on Sept. 29, 2009, in New Martinsville; and on April 19 and 21, 2010, in Cameron, W.Va.
Counts four and five of the indictment alleged that Jenkins, aided and abetted by a person known to the grand jury, knowingly used intimidation and engaged in misleading conduct toward another person with the intent to influence and prevent the testimony of any person in any official proceeding on Nov. 4, 2010, and Dec. 8, 2010, in Greenwood, Doddridge County, and Marshall County.
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ 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 exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.