(Pictured left to right: Jenkins, Butler, Haynes; courtesy of The NY Times)
We previously reported in 2017, about three Black pastors of Toledo, Ohio who were charged with conspiracy to sex traffic minors. Reverend Cordell Jenkins, Reverend Anthony Haynes and Reverend Kenneth Butler, all are facing life in prison for their heinous acts.
The three pastors are accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl from 2014 to 2017. Allegedly, they paid the girl to keep quiet about the sexual acts and were more so trying to “groom” the young lady for prostitution. They also tried to recruit other girls to have sex with them for money. Prosecutors have said the men not only had sex with the teenagers but also, sent one another photos and videos of the girls and certain sexual acts.
On Wednesday, Laura Lloyd-Jenkins, the ex-wife of Rev. Cordell Jenkins plead guilty to making false statements to investigators. As a result, she has lost her job as a county administrator after being charged with interfering in the investigation.
Her ex-husband, Cordell Jenkins recently plead guilty to charges that include child sex trafficking. He was accused of having sex with two minors at his home, church office at Abundant Life Ministries, as well as motels. Jenkins and Kenneth Butler, who also plead guilty for having sex with two minors, are both awaiting sentencing for their crimes.
Reverend Anthony Haynes had been scheduled to go on trial Wednesday up until Laura Lloyd-Jenkins decided to plead guilty. He could face up to life in prison if he’s convicted and is currently waiting for another court date to be set.
Newly developed, in addition to the charges against the men, the wife and stepdaughter of Rev. Anthony Haynes are accused of abducting one of the victims at gunpoint in January and warning her not to testify at his trial. According to court documents, the pair forced the teenager from her apartment, choked her with a cord and told her to take back statements she made to investigators.