Ohio pastor is accused of grooming a 14-year-old girl for sex and encouraging two other ministers to sleep with her after pledging before his congregation that he would take care of her
Ohio minister Anthony Haynes’ sex trafficking trial began on Monday
The 40-year-old is accused of grooming a 14-year-old girl for sex
He welcomed the girl into his home and swore before his Toledo congregation – Greater Life Christian Center – that he would protect her from harm
Weeks later he started to have sex with her in his church and in a motel
The victim, now 19, said Haynes began having sex with her when she was 14 unti she turned 17
He also encouraged two other local ministers to sleep with her, they have pleaded guilty to having sex with her and are awaiting trial
Investigators say they’ve found evidence of semen linked back to all three pastors in their respective churches, homes, and nearby hotels
The girl reported the abuse to her high school counselor in 2017
Prosecutors said they have a trove of evidence against Haynes including text messages, photos, voice mails and DNA evidence from his church proving he often had sex with the girl
Investigators revealed they found evidence of semen linked to each of the accused pastors in their homes and churches
Haynes’ wife Alisa Haynes and stepdaughter Alexis Fortune, allegedly abducted the complainant at gunpoint in January, choked her with a cord and and warned her not to testify at trial
Trial ffor alleged pedo Pastor – Ohio minister Anthony Haynes on sex trafficking trial began on Monday. He’s accused of grooming a 14-year-old girl in his care for sex and assaulting the teen until she turned 17 and reported him
An Ohio minister who promised to take care of a 14-year-old girl began to have sex with her daily and later encouraged two other pastors to have sex with her as well, prosecutors revealed Monday.
Now 19, the woman took the stand in the case against former Greater Life Christian Center pastor Anthony Haynes, who is charged with child-sex trafficking. The Blade does not identify victims of sexual assault.
Haynes, 40, faces life in prison if he’s convicted on charges including child sex trafficking and sex exploitation of a minor.
Haynes’ trial opened on Monday where prosecutors said they have a trove of evidence against him including text messages, photos, voice mails and DNA evidence from his church proving he often had sex with the girl.
Haynes’ attorney told jurors that the allegations are shocking, but there’s not enough evidence to prove the trafficking and conspiracy charges he faces.
The two other Toledo-area pastors charged in the investigation have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
Haynes is accused of grooming the young girl for sex and encouraged her to sleep with other ministers Pastor Cordell Jenkins and Kenneth Butler. Those two pastors have pleaded guilty to sleeping with the minor and are awaiting sentencing.
Haynes made a pledge in front of his Greater Life Christian Center congregation that he would protect the victim and be her father figure after she was neglected by her biological mother when she was 14.
Prosecutors say the girl had a difficult childhood and was sexually abused by a relative, before he stepped in.
He let her live with his family in 2014 but he weeks later began to groom her for sex, according to U.S. attorney Michael Freeman.
He made her watch as sex acts were performed in front of her then had her have sex with him. They would go on to have sex at his church and at a motel until she was 17, prosecutors say.
‘At the place of worship, when she’s 14 years old, he had sex with her,’ the federal prosecutor said.
After about a year, Haynes then introduced the minor to pastor Kenneth Butler and he began to have sex with her. Then she was introduced to minister Cordell Jenkins, who founded his own church in Toledo, that was closed following his arrest.
Court documents say that Jenkins had sex with two girls at his home, church office and a motel and often recorded the acts with his phone. Haynes allegedly encouraged the relationship with Jenkins.
The victim is expected to testify in court.
Her school counselor Callie Haas noted that the victim changed in personality at school, going from an outgoing student ambassador who used to give school tours to someone who seemed ‘numb’, according to the Toledo Blade.
The girl later disclosed to Haas that she had been performing sex acts with pastors for years and ‘felt like she was ruining church families as well as the pastor’s family,’ the counselor testified.
Haas reported the incident to the school resource officer who reported it to Toledo Police and the FBI.
A search warrant was executed on April 7, 2017 and Haynes’ home was investigated and Haynes himself was found hiding in a crawl space under the stairs.
Investigators revealed Monday they found evidence of semen linked to each pastor found in their homes and churches.
In addition to the charges against the men, Haynes’ wife Alisa Haynes and stepdaughter Alexis Fortune, have also been accused of abducting the victim at gunpoint in January, threatening her not to testify at trial.
They nabbed her from her apartment, choked her with a cord and told her to take back statements she had made to investigators.