Texas man who used Grindr to attack gay men sentenced to prison
A Texas man has been sentenced to over 23 years in federal jail on Wednesday for being a part of a scheme that focused homosexual males utilizing the relationship app Grindr to lure and commit violent crimes towards them.
In accordance with courtroom paperwork filed to the U.S. Division of Justice, 22-year-old Dallas resident Daniel Jenkins pleaded responsible in June for concentrating on homosexual males across the Dallas space. Jenkins was the final of 4 folks to be charged for the crimes.
Starting in December 2017, Jenkins and three folks created profiles on Grindr, a preferred LGBTQ relationship platform, to lure “males they perceived to be homosexual” to a Dallas house advanced. When the focused males arrived, the group held the boys at gunpoint and compelled them to drive to ATMs to withdraw money, according to a statement by the Justice Department.
A couple of days later, the group lured a number of males to the house advanced the place they held them at gunpoint, took their private property and assaulted them, leaving one private bodily injured. Jenkins admitted different members of the conspiracy used homosexual slurs, taunted the victims, and one conspirator tried to sexually assault one of many victims. Jenkins additionally admitted he focused a complete of 9 males.
Jenkins pleaded responsible to 1 depend of conspiracy to commit hate crimes, kidnapping, carjacking, one depend of use a firearm in relation to a criminal offense of violence and one hate crime depend. He was sentenced to 280 months in federal jail.
“This defendant focused harmless victims for violent crimes just because he believed they had been homosexual,” Assistant Legal professional Common Kristen Clarke of the Justice Division’s Civil Rights Division stated in a press release. “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 towards the LGBTQI neighborhood. We’ll proceed to pursue justice for victims of bias-motivated crimes, wherever they happen.”
Jenkin’s coconspirators, Michael Atkinson, Pablo Ceniceros-Deleon and Daryl Henry, had already been sentenced to federal jail within the case. Atkinson was sentenced to 11 years, Henry was sentenced to twenty years and Ceniceros-Deleon was sentenced 22 years.
Grindr has turn into an more and more common relationship app for the LGBTQ neighborhood because it was launched in 2009, claiming to be the “world’s largest social networking app for homosexual, bi, trans and queer folks.” The located-based app lets its tens of millions of customers learn how shut they’re to 1 one other.
Like many different relationship apps, Grindr comes with the danger of assembly strangers in non-public places. The company’s safety guidelines suggest customers examine the particular person they’re speaking to “is really a part of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood” via social media and advises customers to satisfy in public first.
“We’re at all times saddened to listen to concerning the troublesome and generally tragic experiences that our neighborhood members have skilled each on-line and off,” Grindr stated in a press release to USA TODAY. “Grindr encourages customers to watch out when interacting with folks they have no idea and to report improper or unlawful habits both throughout the app or instantly through e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Customers are inspired to report legal allegations to native authorities, and in these circumstances, we work instantly with regulation enforcement as acceptable.”
Appearing U.S. Legal professional Chad Meacham for the Northern District of Texas stated “bigots typically lurk on-line” and the Justice Division won’t tolerate hate-based assaults.
“We urge customers of relationship apps like Grindr to stay vigilant,” Meacham stated.
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