Update: Court documents reveal alleged sex trafficking details
TOLEDO, Ohio (WNWO) —
Pastor, man arrested for sex trafficking
NBC 24 has just learned the FBI has arrested two people including a pastor for sex trafficking of children.
Court documents released Friday night detail several years-worth of alleged sexual encounters between a then 14-year-old girl and Anthony Haynes and Pastor Cordell Jenkins.
Jenkins is listed as the founder and pastor of Abundant Life Ministries in Toledo according to the churches website.
In the criminal complaint, the teen says Haynes and a woman had sex in front of her. The FBI investigator says that's a way to introduce someone to sexual activity, which is indicative of a person involved in sexual exploitation of juveniles.
From there, the criminal complaint outlines repeated sexual encounters taking place at the church and local hotels and motels. The FBI obtained hallway surveillance showing the girl entering and leaving the rooms with Haynes and Jenkins.
The most recent encounters reportedly happened as recently as March of 2017.
Jenkins is accused of forcing the girl to have sex in his church office.
FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson telling NBC 24 News alleged crimes against kids are especially heinous.
"We really went into our investigation; this involves minors so obviously we felt it was very urgent that we needed to get busy," said Special Agent Anderson. "Any crime that involves a child, exploiting a child, seizing on their vulnerabilities, on their trust that they have in adults, especially when people are in a position of trust...it's very concerning, it's very alarming."
Court documents reveal the girl was paid to have sex with several men, forced to participate in threesomes, and was forced to bring a juvenile friend with her who was also exploited.
We're told both teens were paid for the encounters.
Investigators looked through the girl's phone and found she was encouraged to send sexy/nude photographs. The girl complied, sending pictures and video.
The criminal complaint also details several of the sexual encounters were recorded via cell phone video.
Read the FBI’s full statement below:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cleveland Division, Toledo Resident Agency, and the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Ohio, announce the arrest of Cordell Jenkins, age 46, and Anthony Haynes, age 37, pursuant to a federal complaint and arrest warrant for sex trafficking of children.
Agents placed Jenkins and Haynes into custody early Friday morning from their residences in Toledo without incident. Additional law enforcement activity occurred today in regards to this ongoing investigation.
Jenkins and Haynes are accused of knowingly recruiting, enticing, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining a person(s) that the defendants knew was less than eighteen years old to engage in commercial sex acts. In addition to the above, Haynes is also being charged with Obstruction of Justice and Jenkins is being charged with Sexual Exploitation of Children. Both men will have their initial appearance in U.S. District Court later today.
A complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
This investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force. The Task Force is comprised of members of the FBI, Toledo Police Department, Perrysburg Township Police Department, Lima Police Department, Oregon Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Lucas County Sheriff’s Office.