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.