Homeless man child porn suspect

A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography and possession of methamphetamine, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, Joshua Jeremy Jenkins, a homeless person, was booked into the Mesa County Jail on a warrant accusing him of having nearly 200 images of child pornography, Sgt. David Stassen said.

In July, officers arrested Jenkins at a Grand Junction hotel, where he apparently was living, on suspicion of narcotics possession and distribution. During their investigation into the narcotics possession four months ago, officers found 187 images of child pornography on Jenkins’ laptop computer, Stassen said.

A warrant was issued for Jenkins on the child pornography charges. On Saturday, Jenkins was arrested near the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and Palmer Street on that warrant, Stassen said.

While Jenkins was being taken to jail, he tried to hide what was suspected to be methamphetamine in the patrol car, prompting officers to file additional drug charges, Stassen said.

Jenkins told officers the meth he was accused of having was not his. Stassen said officers clean out police cars after suspects are transported and that anything officers found in the car transporting Jenkins could not have belonged to anyone else.

Jenkins was being held Saturday in Mesa County Jail on a $70,000 bond.


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