DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas man was sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 13, to greater than 23 years in federal jail for committing violent crimes in opposition to homosexual customers of the relationship app Grindr.
Daniel Jenkins, 22, is the final of 4 defendants to be sentenced on this case.
In response to courtroom paperwork, Jenkins admitted that he conspired to focus on 9 Dallas space males for violent crimes, together with kidnapping, carjacking, and hate crimes, due to his notion of the victims’ sexual orientation – that’s, as a result of he believed the victims had been homosexual males.
Jenkins was sentenced to a federal jail time period of 280 months in jail for his involvement within the scheme.
Starting on or round Dec. 6, 2017, members of the conspiracy used Grindr, a social media relationship platform used primarily by homosexual males, to lure males to an residence advanced in Dallas.
When the boys arrived, the conspirators held the boys at gunpoint and compelled them to drive to native ATMs to withdraw money from their accounts.
“This defendant singled out victims primarily based on their perceived sexual orientation, then viciously assaulted them. The Division of Justice won’t tolerate these kinds of heinous, hate-based assaults,” stated Performing U.S. Legal professional Chad Meacham for the Northern District of Texas. “Sadly, regardless of our greatest efforts, bigots usually lurk on-line. We urge customers of relationship apps like Grindr to stay vigilant.”
“This defendant focused harmless victims for violent crimes just because he believed they had been homosexual,” stated Assistant Legal professional Normal Kristen Clarke of the Justice Division’s Civil Rights Division. “This sentence affirms that bias-motivated crimes run opposite to our nationwide values and underscores the Justice Division’s dedication to aggressively prosecuting bias-motivated crimes, together with crimes in opposition to the LGBTQI neighborhood. We’ll proceed to pursue justice for victims of bias-motivated crimes, wherever they happen.”
“This sentence sends a powerful message that people who conduct violent, focused assaults can be held accountable,” stated FBI Dallas Particular Agent in Cost Matthew J. DeSarno. “Investigating hate crimes is likely one of the FBI’s highest priorities and we’ll proceed to vigorously pursue offenders that threaten our households and communities. Everybody deserves to be and really feel protected and we take this chance to induce the general public to report suspected hate crimes to the FBI and native legislation enforcement.”
Together with his responsible plea on June 2, Jenkins admitted to becoming a member of the conspiracy to focus on homosexual males for violent crimes.
Beginning in December of 2017, Jenkins and a coconspirator created consumer profiles on Grindr and used the profiles to lure males they perceived to be homosexual to a location to rob them. Jenkins additional admitted that on Dec. 11, 2017, he and others lured a number of victims to the residence advanced, pointed a handgun at them, took their private property, and assaulted them, inflicting no less than one sufferer bodily harm.
Jenkins admitted he knew that members of the conspiracy used homosexual slurs and taunted the victims, and that no less than one member of the conspiracy tried to sexually assault a sufferer.
Jenkins additionally admitted to taking part within the carjacking of no less than one sufferer.
Jenkins was the final of 4 defendants to plead responsible on this case. Jenkins pleaded responsible to 1 rely of conspiracy to commit hate crimes, kidnapping, and carjacking; one hate crime rely; and one rely of use of a firearm throughout and in relation to a criminal offense of violence.
Underneath the plea settlement, Jenkins confronted a most sentence of 26 years in jail. Jenkins’ coconspirators:
Michael Atkinson, Pablo Ceniceros-Deleon, and Daryl Henry, had beforehand pleaded responsible. Atkinson was sentenced to greater than 11 years in jail, Ceniceros-Deleon was sentenced to 22 years in jail, and Henry was sentenced to twenty years in jail.