A shocking report coming out of Toledo, Ohio involving three men who were supposed to be representatives of God who were instead engaged in horrendous crimes against several young children.
The three individuals, 47-year-old Reverend Cordell Jenkins, 38-year-old Reverend Anthony Haynes, and 37-year-old Reverend Kenneth Butler are all being charged in an eleven count indictment handed down by a Federal Court Judge.
All three men face conspiracy to commit child sex trafficking charges, of which they've all pleaded not guilty to.
Michael Freeman, an assistant U.S. Attorney, told the court that if the men are convicted, prosecutors would recommend sentences of life in prison.
“These three men violated the trust of these children and the communities they purported to serve,” U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman said in a news release. “We are grateful for the courage of the victims and the dedication of our law enforcement personnel in bringing these men to justice.”
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, a girl who was only 14-years-old when the conspiracy began back in 2014 was sexually assaulted by all three men.
Some of the sex acts are believed to have taken place at Greater Life Christian Center where Reverend Haynes was the pastor.
Between the years 2014 and 2017, Reverend Haynes “groomed and exploited the girl”, and also used his cell phone to record the sexual assaults, as well routinely gave her money after the rapes, and told her not to tell anyone because it could ruin his family and his church, prosecutors say.
Reverend Haynes also is accused of introducing the teen to other men, including Reverend Jenkins, for sexual activity and for sharing pornographic photographs and videos.
Prosecutors say that between December of 2016 and March of 2017, Reverend Jenkins sexually exploited the girl at his West Toledo home on Barrington Drive, at his office at Abundant Life Ministries where he was the pastor, and at a motel in Toledo.
Prosecutors also said he paid her for sex, which was usually between $100 and $300, referring to the payment as “hush money.”
Like Reverend Haynes, he’s accused of recording some of the interactions with his cell phone.
Reverend Jenkins is accused of paying for sex acts with a second underage girl in March of this year.
Reverend Butler is charged with trafficking a third underage girl between 2015 and March of 2017.
According to court documents, the girl told investigators she met Reverend Butler at Reverend Haynes' church when she was just 15-years-old and he would give her rides to his church in the Detroit area.
The girl said she had sex with Reverend Butler in his car twice and he gave her money once. He later the trained the girl to lie to the FBI if she was questioned about him, apparently in anticipation of this case.
Both Reverend Haynes and Reverend Butler are charged with obstruction of a sex trafficking investigation involving Reverend Haynes for allegedly trying to destroy electronic evidence of sex trafficking and Reverend Butler for instructing another person to lie and lying himself to law enforcement about his involvement.
At their arraignment Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Jack Zouhary asked each of the men to tell him a little bit about their educational and work backgrounds.
During the hearing, Reverend Haynes described himself as “a former pastor,” while Reverend Jenkins said he had “pastored full time” for the past 23 years.
Reverend Butler, pastor of Kingdom Encounter Family Worship Center, did not mention serving as a pastor but said he had worked in a variety of security jobs, most recently as a security guard for Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center, Mercy Health St. Anne Hospital, and Mercy Health St. Charles Hospital.
In addition to the conspiracy charge against him, Reverend Butler, who was not named in the original indictment filed in April against Reverend Jenkins and Reverend Haynes, was indicted on two counts of sex trafficking of children and one count of obstruction of a sex trafficking investigation.
Judge Zouhary asked what was new or different in the superseding indictment that was not laid out in the original indictment.
That's when Freeman said the superseding indictment adds Reverend Butler as a defendant and, for the first time, alleges that beginning in June of 2014, the three men “conspired and agreed with each other to knowingly recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide, obtain, maintain, patronize, and solicit” a girl who was 14-years-old at the time as well as other minors to engage in paid sex acts.
Judge Zouhary scheduled a January 8th status hearing for all three co-defendants, who are to remain in custody.
Lorin Zaner, one of the attorneys representing Reverend Jenkins, declined to comment on the new indictment but said the case is moving forward.
“We are waiting for the new discovery from the district attorney, which we will review, meet with our client, and then decide our next steps,” he said afterward.
"These are very serious allegations. He's accepting it as such. No it's not easy to deal with, but he's a very strong individual," said pastor Cordell Jenkins lawyer Allison Folmar.
It's just another example of the disgusting pedophile degeneracy that plagues our nation.
These men deserve worse than life in prison, but unfortunately, that's the maximum they'll be facing if convicted.
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