Homeless man accused of using church account for sex chat calls

| February 26, 2012

A man awaiting trial on charges he tried to pull a Greensburg store employee into a back room is accused of using a church bank account to pay for time on an adult pornography chat line, city police said.

Keith Michael Jenkins, 32, is to be charged with access device fraud, criminal use of a communication facility, theft by deception and receiving stolen property in Greensburg District Judge James Albert's office, police Capt. George Seranko said Friday.

Jenkins is behing held in the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of $15,000 bond from his earlier arrest. Authorities plan to issue a warrant for Jenkins' arrest.

In the latest case, Jenkins used a Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church account, money set aside to help people in need, to pay for 23 separate calls placed to the "pay-per-call phone entertainment service," police said.

Authorities set the church's loss at $1,467.

Jenkins, who has an extensive criminal record, got information about the church's account at First Commonwealth Bank after the pastor wrote out a check from the "person in need" fund for Jenkins to use at a local business, police said. A message left for the pastor yesterday afternoon was not returned.

Detective Sgt. Henry Fontana discovered 23 times between Dec. 21 and Jan. 23 that the account was billed, police said. The charges ranged from $9.98 to $99, depending on the length of the calls, police said.

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