Chocowinity commissioner turns himself in for strangulation, kidnapping charges

John "Curtis" Jenkins made his first court appearance Monday afternoon for felony strangulation and kidnapping charges.

Chocowinity town commissioner John "Curtis" Jenkins turned himself in on Monday morning for felony strangulation and kidnapping charges.

Beaufort County Sheriff Ernie Coleman confirmed new charges of felony strangulation and kidnapping were filed against Jenkins last week. Bailiffs confirmed this morning that the commissioner turned himself in to the Beaufort County Courthouse.

This isn't the first time Jenkins has been in trouble with the law. Back in November, he was facing charges of second degree kidnapping. Earlier in November, he and his brother were accused of assaulting a 51-year-old man. In August of 2016, he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a female.

Jenkins had his first court appearance Monday afternoon. He is being held on a $450,000 secured bond. His next court date is set for May 24, 2018.

Here's our noon report on Jenkins turning himself in and his court appearance.

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