A former ALE agent assigned to a number of western North Carolina counties was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Jeremy Charles Jenkins, 44, of Mars Hill, was an agent with the state’s division of Alcohol Law Enforcement from Aug. 15, 2012 until he resigned on Dec. 20, 2019, according to a story in The Charlotte Observer.

He had been assigned to the Asheville District, which covers Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey counties.

Jenkins was also a former Weaverville police officer, according to published reports.

A warrant for his arrest cited by Skyline News alleges Jenkins “sent a photograph of his covered genitals in a discernibly turgid state which is harmful to the minor and knew the materials character or content,” the Observer reported.

The picture was sent on Snapchat in October to an 11-year-old, according to TV station WLOS .

His next court date is April 7.

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