FBI, Starke County investigation results in arrest for child exploitation

A Knox man was taken into custody by detectives with the Starke County Sheriff’s Department.

Patrick R. Jenkins, 41, was arrested on charges related to internet child exploitation. The investigation began in mid-July and was a collaborative effort between Starke County Detectives and agents with the FBI.

The FBI became aware of internet conversations between Jenkins and an underage female. During these conversations, Jenkins is alleged to have solicited the girl for sex. Agents with the FBI contacted local authorities and shared information with Starke County detectives. Upon completion of the investigation, contact was made with Jenkins at his residence and he was taken into custody.

A report was submitted to the Starke County Prosecutor’s office and formal charges were filed. Jenkins is charged with Child Solicitation, a Level 4 felony. He is currently being held at the Starke County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

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