Out-of-state man drove 800 miles to meet with North Texas teenager, arrested and charged
North Texas – The 27-year-old Richard Jenkins II, of Minnesota, was arrested and charged right after his arrival in North Texas after he drove more than 800 miles to meet a 15-year-old McKinney girl, the Collin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.
According to the deputies, agents within their Child Exploitation Unit said they went undercover and pretended to be the teenage girl Jenkins spoke to online.
The incident report indicates that Jenkins “made clear his intentions to meet and engage in sexual activity.” In addition, he allegedly made the girl to tell her parents that she would be staying at a week-long camp in Minnesota.
The deputies said the arrest happened last weakened, on Saturday, at a North Texas park. Jenkins was arrested on an online solicitation of a minor charges. He was out of jail after posting $250,000 bond.
Deputies once again reminded parents to be very careful with their minor children and regularly check their online activity in an effort to avoid similar incidents.