A Geneva man faces up to 20 years in prison after being found guilty at federal trial of transporting child pornography through Jefferson County.
Joseph V. Jenkins, 43, was found guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, of transportation of child pornography and possession of child pornography. He faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years, as well as up to a $250,000 fine. He also will be ordered to register with the state as a sex offender. Sentencing was set for June 17.
According to court documents, Mr. Jenkins was trying to enter Canada from the United States on May 24, 2009, after passing over the Thousand Islands Bridge and encountering Canada Border Services agents at Lansdowne, Ontario. He was directed to a secondary inspection, during which agents found a laptop computer on his vehicles back seat. Agents also recovered thumb drives containing pornographic videos involving children.
Mr. Jenkins was charged by Canadian authorities with possessing child pornography, but he never appeared for trial. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest by the Ontario Court of Justice and agents with the Department of Homeland Security took over the case after a referral from the Ontario Provincial Police, under the theory that Mr. Jenkins had possessed and transported the child pornography in Jefferson County before entering Canada.