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Texas man who used app to target gay men pleads guilty to hate crimes

A Texas man who used a dating app to target gay men to rob and assault has pleaded guilty to hate crimes, officials said.

Daniel Jenkins, 22, is the fourth and final person to plead guilty in the robberies, carjackings and other crimes in the Dallas area in December 2017.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday to a hate crime count, conspiracy to commit a hate crime count and also kidnapping, carjacking and using a firearm during a crime of violence, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas said.

The four men used the dating app Grindr to lure people to locations where they were robbed, held at gunpoint, and either held captive while members of the group took out cash from their accounts or were forced to drive to ATMs and take out money, officials said.

There were at least nine victims in all, officials have said.

“These defendants brutalized multiple victims, singling them out due to their sexual orientation," Prerak Shah, acting U.S. attorney for the district, said in a statement. "We cannot allow this sort of violence to fester unchecked."

Members of the group taunted their victims with gay slurs. One of the robbers wiped feces on two people among other assaults, according to court documents.

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by Anonymousreply 16October 16, 2021 2:17 AM

Y’all are gonna learn to stay off these apps. Nothing but freaks and psychos on them.

With that said, since he is white and since this is Texas and they don’t care about gays, he’ll probably barely do any time.

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by Anonymousreply 1June 4, 2021 6:44 AM

Surprised all 4 pleaded guilty. The evidence must've been strong.

by Anonymousreply 2June 4, 2021 6:48 AM

[quote]Daniel Jenkins, 22, is the fourth and final person to plead guilty.

Dan Jenkins?! Didn’t he used to play tissue paper and comb?

by Anonymousreply 3June 4, 2021 7:51 AM

Update: they've been sentenced:

Daniel Jenkins - 23 years

Michael Atkinson - 11 years

Pablo Ceniceros-Deleon - 22 years

Daryl Henry - 20 years

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by Anonymousreply 4October 14, 2021 5:25 PM

How soon will they be out?

by Anonymousreply 5October 14, 2021 5:30 PM

Could this have had any connection to Rusty White's murder?

by Anonymousreply 6October 14, 2021 5:33 PM

Datalounge has a new boyfriend. Hopefully the flood insurance on Mama’s mussy is paid up.

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by Anonymousreply 7October 14, 2021 5:41 PM

They should do that "record his stimulation on seeing gay porn" test on him.

by Anonymousreply 8October 14, 2021 5:48 PM

They all will eventually get out of prison and be even more homophobic than they are now.

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by Anonymousreply 9October 14, 2021 5:52 PM

You gotta love how the Dallas News Article published a photo of the 2 nonwhite accomplices, instead of the white leader of the group.

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by Anonymousreply 10October 14, 2021 7:40 PM

He looks 16 at most.

by Anonymousreply 11October 14, 2021 8:44 PM

Dave Chappelle should dedicate his next show to him.

by Anonymousreply 12October 14, 2021 9:17 PM

[quote] You gotta love how the Dallas News Article published a photo of the 2 nonwhite accomplices, instead of the white leader of the group.

R10, if you click on link at R9 you will see that the Dallas News published all four pictures, it is just the DL preview that only shows the two photos in the center.

by Anonymousreply 13October 15, 2021 5:15 PM

Well, they are now all going to a place where they will be learning all about gay sex whether they want to or not.

by Anonymousreply 14October 15, 2021 5:21 PM

[quote] [R10], if you click on link at [R9] you will see that the Dallas News published all four pictures, it is just the DL preview that only shows the two photos in the center.

You believe that somehow I didn’t click on the link?

by Anonymousreply 15October 16, 2021 1:35 AM

That was my first thought, r6.

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by Anonymousreply 16October 16, 2021 2:17 AM
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