Man charged with possession of child pornography

Stephen L. Jenkinson was arrested by State Police on charges related to the possession of child pornography.

Updated March 2

State Police arrested Stephen L. Jenkinson in Oak Bluffs Thursday night on charges related to the possession of child pornography.

Jenkinson, 52, a plumber from Oak Bluffs, was arraigned Friday in Edgartown District Court on charges of possession of child pornography and two counts of distributing material of a child in a sexual act, according to court documents.

Bail was set at $1,500, and he was ordered by a judge to have no contact with minors under 17 years old, and to stay away from Island public libraries because of the free Internet access, according to an audio recording of the proceedings. If Jenkinson is released, he will be required to wear a GPS tracking device.

A prosecutor had requested $30,000 cash bail, along with the conditions, because of the nature of the allegations. His bail attorney said Jenkinson could only afford $900 for bail.

During a search of Jenkinson’s apartment, police allegedly discovered 4,000 images downloaded on his computer, including some sex acts between an adult and children 4 to 6 years old, and one involving an infant, according to the audio from the bail hearing. In his apartment, police allegedly found a child-size sex doll, children’s underwear, a bikini bottom, and a small wig under his bed, the prosecutor said.

During an interview with police, Jenkinson allegedly admitted he is attracted to girls between 5 and 8 years old, the prosecutor said.

A probable cause hearing was scheduled for March 23.

State Police Det. Dustin Shaw, who is assisting state officials, told The Times the investigation is ongoing. “It’s under investigation by the State Police detective unit, with the Cape and Islands [District Attorney], and Massachusetts State Police cyber crime unit,” Shaw said.

Updated with information from court records. -Ed.


  1. Bravo to the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit.

    Hopefully, there will be yet another known pedophile, registered, possibly incarcerated.

    The statistics of just the reported child molestation are startling. The amount of missing children within this country is frightening.
    With the Epstein trial, there was a brief glimpse of just how deep the rabbit hole goes, when it comes to sex trafficking.

    The registered sex offenders list is public information.

    Remember, those registered are only the ones who have been caught, convicted and comply.

    Be aware, be vigilant.

  2. Yay to local law enforcement for catching this guy, keep up the good work!! BUT, it is such BS that both our local newspapers DID NOT include this guys photo; yet the poor young lady who made a bad choice about laundry pellet vandalism a couple weeks back has her face plastered everywhere?!! WTH is wrong with our local news sources!

    • These cases are unrelated. I’d hardly call Daisy Moreau a poor young lady. She’s an adult, accused of a crime. Vandalism is a choice. Maybe the paper doesn’t have Stephen Jenkinson’s mug shot yet. It’s not always easy to obtain records. I assume all available information is provided in the updated article. Really doesn’t seem like anyone is protecting him or his identity.

      I don’t even know what to say to the story itself. The details are nauseating. Understatement.

    • The photo was requested on Friday, but was too late in the day. It was released to us this afternoon and posted within minutes of us getting it.

      • Tisbury Native, what strikes you as fake about the coverage of the two crimes? I can’t claim to agree with everything newspapers print, but these stories were treated the same, and it serves the public to be made aware. The only bias I see is in what PracticePeace wrote. It’s wrong to use an article about child pornography, of all things, to garner pity for someone else’s case.

        • In hindsight, I shouldn’t have used the word “poor” before young lady in my previous statement. I don’t know her, nor was I trying to garner pity for her case, it was the only recent news comparison that came to mind. I was just angry that the story didn’t have a photo of this guy. Now my anger is directed at what seems like a slap on the wrist for a measly $1,500 bail amount.

          • Thanks for explaining, PracticePeace. I feel the same way about bail. Don’t think they should let him out, given what was allegedly found in his apartment. When there’s evidence of active predatory behavior, treat it as such. There is more than porn, and the porn was already beyond the pale. A judge telling a defendant to stay away from minors is as empty as it gets. If we could just tell rapists to stop raping or drunk drivers to stop driving and expect them to abide by our commands with any degree of certainty, the courts would be out of business. This case is sickening.

  3. This man should be in jail. Our children are his targets and they are not safe with him walking the streets. In jail he would likely better understand being a victim. Taking away internet and wearing an ankle bracelet is not adequate punishment for ruining a child’s psyche for the remainder of their life.

  4. A plumber? I can’t imagine anyone wanting to let him in their home. Thanks for posting the mugshot.

  5. A prosecutor had requested $30,000 cash bail, along with the conditions, because of the nature of the allegations. His bail attorney said Jenkinson could only afford $900 for bail. *****N Judge!! … I hate our liberal justice system!!

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