Three Black Ohio pastors have all been indicted for sex trafficking and recruiting young girls to work in their operation. The Rev. Cordell Jenkins, the Rev. Anthony Haynes, and the Rev. Kenneth Butler worked in tandem to exchange money for sex from the girls with one of the pastors grooming a 14-year-old girl for prostitution.
A federal grand jury in Toledo has indicted the Rev. Cordell Jenkins, of Cleveland, the Rev. Anthony Haynes and the Rev. Kenneth Butler on conspiracy to sex traffic children.
Both Haynes and Butler are also facing charges of obstruction of a sex trafficking investigation. Haynes is accused of attempting to destroy electronic evidence of sex trafficking, while Butler is accused of instructing another individual to lie, and then lying himself to law enforcement about his involvement.
All three men pleaded not guilty Tuesday.
A federal grand jury in Toledo, Ohio indicted the men, who all face potential life sentences in prison. Rev. Jenkins and Rev. Hayes were previously indicted on child sex trafficking charges in July.
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