Crime & Public Safety

Okatie man indicted on child porn charges

A federal grand jury in Charleston indicted a 27-year-old Okatie man Thursday on charges of 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 as part of Project Safe Childhood. The project is a nationwide Department of Justice initiative to fight child sexual exploitation and abuse, a news release said.

If convicted, Jenkins could serve up to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography and up to 20 years for distributing it.

Project Safe Childhood uses federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute people who sexually exploit children, and works to identify and rescue victims, according to the release.

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