What’s done in the dark will always come to the light, y’all. Three pastors out of Ohio who have been accused of exploiting and abusing teen girls were indicted on federal child sex trafficking charges on Wednesday.
According to the @nytimes, Kenneth Butler, 37; Anthony J. Haynes, 38 and Cordell Jenkins, 47, were accused of sexually assaulting a girl back in 2014 who was 14 years old at the time. Some of the abuse is suspected to have taken place at various hotels as well as Greater Life Christian Center in Toledo where Haynes preached. He allegedly recorded some of the acts on his phone.
According to prosecutors, Haynes gave the girl hush money and pleaded with her to keep the abuse under wraps, because his reputation was at stake. Haynes “facilitated” more abuse from several other men including Jenkins.
Prosecutors say that he repeatedly, sexually exploited the girl in his office at Abundant Life Ministries, his home and a motel in Toledo. Jenkins reportedly recorded the acts and paid the girl hush money as well. He is also being indicted on charges from abusing a second young girl.
Butler who was the pastor of Kingdom Encounter Family Worship Center in Detroit just an hour away from Toledo was indicted on sex trafficking charges of a third young girl. According to court documents she was abused from 2015 to March 2017.
All three men have been charged with conspiracy for child sex trafficking as part of an 11-count indictment stemming from Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Haynes original charges dating as far back as April of this year. Each of the men have plead guilty.
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