A Burmese Python and a Crocodile were taken from an Omaha home last Tuesday; after authorities received a tip illegal reptiles were being kept inside the house.
The Nebraska Humane Society was contacted by the ex-husband of Josh Jencks' girlfriend around October 22nd informing them that large snakes, illegal lizards and crocodiles were in Jencks' possession.
According to court records, a 16-page affidavit revealed that NHS started building a case against Jencks after several Facebook photos, over a year old, were captured from the internet depicting Jencks handling several of these reptiles.
One photo shows Jencks holding an Albino Python over a small child's head. The search warrant affidavit explains that this is what led the ex-husband to contact NHS because he currently has a son living in the home with his ex-wife and Jencks, saying that "he fears for the safety of his child due to the snakes" inside the home.
However, Jencks tells WOWT 6 News that photo is two years old, that the mother of the child -- his girlfriend at the time -- not only want the photo to be taken, she took it herself. In the end, that neither he nor her ever felt the child's safety was in jeopardy. That child does not currently live with Jencks.
Animal control felt otherwise and executed a search warrant October 22nd and removed the python because it was longer than 8 feet and the crocodile, which is illegal to own no matter what size according to NHS' Mark Langan. Langan says the animals' health were never an issue, it is just illegal to own them. Langan cited two recent cases in North America where small children were killed because they were suffocated by large snakes, similar to the ones inside Jencks' home.
Jencks says he knew it was illegal to have the animals and was willing and able to accept the consequences, however, never felt he put a child's life in danger.