An Idaho Falls man was charged Tuesday for a report that he sexually abused a minor.
Findlay Malcolm Jenkins, 68, reportedly touched a 9-year-old girl inappropriately several times from June 8 to June 13, according to court documents. The victim told her mother about the touching and the woman then cut off the girl’s contact with Jenkins and reported the incident to the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office.
During a forensic interview, the victim said Jenkins touched her inappropriately five or six times beneath her underwear and told her not to tell anybody.
Jenkins told investigators he did not penetrate the victim with his fingers and he denied raping the victim.
Jenkins told investigators the touching happened suddenly while he was playing with the victim. He said it was intentional, but he wasn’t sure why he had done it. Jenkins added that he and the victim had played physically before, but it had not been inappropriate.
Jenkins said he had been depressed since his wife’s passing, and blamed his actions on loneliness. Jenkins denied touching other children or being interested in child pornography, but said he had accidentally seen child pornography from a pop-up several years ago.
Jenkins was charged with child sexual abuse of a minor under 16, punishable with up to 25 years in prison. He was released from jail without bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18.
Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.