Toledo, OH – Another Ohio pastor is being brought up on sex trafficking charges, bringing the total number of accused pastors to three. Prosecutors assert that all three of them cooperated to lure female minors with money in exchange for sex.
In Toledo, Rev. Cordell Jenkins, Rev. Anthony Haynes and Rev. Kenneth Butler were indicted by a federal grand jury on conspiracy to sex traffic children.
Haynes and Butler also face additional charges of obstruction of a sex trafficking investigation. Haynes allegedly attempted to destroy electronic evidence of sex trafficking, and Butler allegedly instructed someone else to lie, and then lied himself to law enforcement about his participation.
All three pastors entered not guilty pleas on Tuesday.
According to the US Attorney’s Office, Haynes started grooming a girl, 14, for prostitution in 2014. Prosecutors say Haynes introduced her to other men and all three of the pastors sexually assaulted her.
Prior to this case, Jenkins and Haynes were indicted on similar child trafficking charges in July.