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Dallas man pleads guilty to hate crime after targeting gay men on dating app

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A Dallas man pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime charge for targeting gay men on dating apps, according to a statement from the Justice Department.

The Department of Justice on Thursday issued a statement saying Daniel Jenkins, 22, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to his involvement in a scheme to target gay men for violent crimes. Jenkins was the last of four defendants to plead guilty to charges from the scheme. 

According to court documents, Jenkins told authorities that he and other co-defendants used the gay dating app Grindr to lure their victims to a vacant apartment and other places in the Dallas area to commit robbery, carjacking, kidnapping and hate crimes in 2017. 

Jenkins also said that they held their victims against their will, stealing their vehicles and ordering them to withdraw money from their bank accounts, adding that he and the other three physically injured one of the victims and taunted them. 

The sentencing for the other three defendants is set for June 23. 

Jenkins pleaded guilty to one hate crime count, one count of conspiracy to commit hate crimes, kidnapping and carjacking, and one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Jenkins’s sentencing is set for Oct. 6. Under his plea agreement he could face up to 26 years in prison.

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