A federal grand jury in Charleston indicted a 27-year-old Okatie man today for possessing and distributing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in South Carolina.
The case against Joseph Austin Jenkins, 27, was investigated by the FBI, a news release said.
The case, prosecuted by assistant U.S. Attorney Dean Secor in Charleston, is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide Department of Justice initiative to fight child sexual exploitation and abuse.
If convicted, Jenkins could face up to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography and up to 20 years for distributing it.
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Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information, visit usdoj.gov/psc.