Inappropriate photos lead to man’s arrest

A Seymour man was arrested after police said he took inappropriate photos of his girlfriend’s daughter.

Robert D. Jenkins, 50, was arrested early Thursday at his home on Ninth Street on a charge of child exploitation. He was alone in the home at the time of his arrest.

After obtaining a search warrant, Seymour Police Department officers went to the home at 1:48 p.m. Thursday. Capt. Carl Lamb said that was where photos of the girl were taken.

Lamb said the investigation began after police received information earlier in the day from the girl’s mother. Police said Jenkins is the live-in boyfriend of the mother.

Detective Sgt. C.J. Foster said the mother told police photos of the girl were taken on two occasions, but Foster added he will have to spend more time searching a computer and phones to verify that report.

Lamb said that during the search of the home detectives found items shown in the background of the photos.

“Everything that the detectives went there hoping to find, they did find inside the house,” Lamb said.

Jenkins was arrested and taken to the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown, where he was being held without bond.

Child exploitation is a Level 3 felony, which could result in a prison sentence of three to 16 years if convicted.

Police will look at computer information recovered from the home to see if the photos were distributed or sent anywhere else, Lamb added.

Foster is the lead investigator on the case. Three other officers assisted with the search. The warrant was signed by Jackson Superior Court II Judge Bruce MacTavish.

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Zach Spicer is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at zspicer@tribtown.com or 812-523-7080.