Ohio Pastors charged with child sex abuse.
Three Pastors from Ohio have been charged with the child sex trafficking of victims as young as 14.
The prosecution claims that the men “conspired and agreed with each other to knowingly recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide, obtain, maintain, patronize, and solicit” a 14 year old girl an other minors.
Cordell Jenkins, Anthony Haynes and Kenneth Butler all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The men have also been charged with trying to cover up their crimes, with Haynes being charged with trying to destroy electronic evidence relating to the offences, Butler with lying and enforcing other to lie for him in relation to the allegations.
Prosecuting attorney Justin E. Herdman said:
“These three men violated the trust of these children and the communities they purported to serve. We are grateful for the courage of the victims and the dedication of our law-enforcement personnel in bringing these men to justice.”
The crimes allegedly took place between 2014-2017 at a series of hotels and a Greater Life Christian Center in Toledo.
It is alleged that Haynes recorded the attacks on his mobile phone, ad afterwards gave the girl money in an effort to bribe her into not telling anyone. He told the girl if she revealed the abuse if would ruin his family and his job.
The prosecutors also claim that Jenkins abused another girl in March 2017, also filming the abuse on his mobile phone and paying the girl off with ‘hush money’.
Butler who worked as a Pastor at Kingdom Encounter Family Worship Center in Detroit has been charged with the child sex trafficking of a girl between 2015-2017.
This is not an isolated case involving Pastors and child sex abuse, earlier this year Pastor Kenneth Adkins was found guilty of child sex abuse with boys and girls, after publicly speaking out against homosexuality.