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Former pastor in Ohio pleads guilty to trafficking teen girls for sex

Former pastor Cordell Jenkins
Former pastor Cordell Jenkins
Updated: Jan. 29, 2019 at 2:36 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - One of the three Ohio ministers accused of sex trafficking teenage girls has pleaded guilty to the charges.

Cordell Jenkins, a Cleveland native and former pastor, changed his not guilty plea to guilty during a hearing in federal court in Toledo on Tuesday.

  • Two counts of sex trafficking of children
  • One count of sexual exploitation of children

Investigators say Jenkins and two other Toledo-area pastors, Kenneth Butler and Anthony Haynes, paid teenage girls for sex.

Cordell Jenkins, Anthony Haynes, and Kenneth Butler (Source: WTOL)
Cordell Jenkins, Anthony Haynes, and Kenneth Butler (Source: WTOL)

Butler pleaded guilty in May 2018. Haynes is expected to go on trial next week.

Jenkins recorded the sex acts with a teenager at his home and church office, according to court records. Three victims were listed in court documents, the youngest being 14 years old.

Jenkins' wife, Laura Lloyd-Jenkins, was also charged in connection to the case.

Sentencing for Jenkins will be scheduled for a later date.

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