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3 pastors arrested for raping children and using them to produce child pornography

By Alexis Bell 3:32 AM November 17, 2017
Cordell Jenkins, Anthony Haynes, and Kenneth Butler

Three men are accused of using their position of power to rape children, traffic them to others and to produce child pornography.

The three pastors in Ohio are accused of having sex with minors at their churches and hotel rooms.

Prosecutors in Toledo said that the three pastors worked together to entice underage girls to prostitute themselves for money.

A federal grand jury indicted Rev. Cordell Jenkins, Rev. Anthony Haynes, and Rev. Kenneth Butler, on charges that include sex trafficking of children and producing child pornography.

Haynes and Butler are facing additional charges for obstructing a sex trafficking investigation.

Haynes is accused of trying to destroy evidence of sex trafficking from an electronic device.

Butler is accused of instructing another individual to lie and then lied to the authorities about his involvement in the case.

The three men pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

Court records show that in 2014, Rev Haynes groomed a 14-year-old girl for prostitution.

Prosecutors said that Haynes then introduced the young victim to other men including the co-defendants who then had sex with the girl and produced child porn.

All three are men are being held without bail.