Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Thursday that Angie L. Jenkins, 35, of Lowell, Mich., who was convicted in federal court of receipt of child pornography, was sentenced to 87 months in prison and five years supervised release by U.S. District Court Chief Judge William M. Skretny.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who handled the case, stated that in October 2009, Jenkins developed an online relationship with a 15-year-old minor male through the online video game World of Warcraft.
The relationship progressed into online chats, e-mails, and telephone calls. In the spring of 2010, the conversations turned sexual in nature and in late May 2010, the defendant told the victim that she wanted to travel to Buffalo so they could engage in sexual activity.
On June 11, 2010, Jenkins traveled from Michigan to Buffalo, met the victim, and had sex in a parked car in a park in Amherst, N.Y. The relationship was discovered after the minor’s parents, upon reviewing his cell phone, noticed multiple calls from an out of state number. Upon learning that Jenkins traveled to Buffalo, the parents contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Subsequent investigation revealed graphic images sent from the victim to the defendant at the defendant's request, resulting in the ensuing federal charges.
At sentencing, the Government described some of the e-mails the defendant sent to the victim during the course of the relationship and after the victim ceased contact with her. It was argued that the e-mails illustrate the extreme psychological pressure that was placed on the victim to continue the relationship, including references to the defendant committing suicide if the victim did not contact her.
The father of the victim also spoke at sentencing, describing the impact of the crime on the victim and his family.
This is the first known case in the Western District of New York involving a female defendant in a child pornography case who also crossed state lines to have sex with a minor.