Ohio ‘Ministers’ Arrested on Sex Trafficking Charges

TOLEDO, Ohio — Two ministers from Ohio have been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) on alleged sex trafficking charges.

Cordell Jenkins, 46, who leads Abundant Life Ministries in Toledo, was taken into custody on Friday, along with Anthony Haynes, 37, who oversees Greater Life Christian Center, also in Toledo.

“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,” the FBI outlined in an official statement. “In addition to the above, Haynes is also being charged with obstruction of justice and Jenkins is being charged with sexual exploitation of children.”

According to police documents, Hayes is accused of engaging in sexual relations with a then 14-year-old girl beginning in 2014.

“Additionally, he coerced [the teen] into continued secrecy by implying revealing the sexual activity between them would ruin his family and church,” the federal complaint reads.

Hayes also introduced the girl to other men, including Jenkins, who is accused of having sexual relations with the teenager in his office at Abundant Life Ministries.

A local Red Roof Inn has additionally confirmed that Jenkins rented a room with the teenager twice, including one time when the girl says that he asked her to bring a friend. She and her friend were paid for the encounters.

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According to local television station WNWO, investigators looked through the teenager’s phone and discovered that she had been encouraged to send photographs and videos of herself, some without her clothes on. It was likewise found that some of the sexual encounters had been recorded.

“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,” FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson told NBC 24.

Hayes and Jenkins appeared in court on Friday, where Magistrate Judge James Knepp ordered that they be held without bond until a hearing on Thursday, April 13.

As previously reported, last month, a teenager in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit against a local motel out of her belief that employees knew she was being exploited for sex trafficking but did nothing.

The now-17-year-old, only identified as M.B., was allegedly held at Roosevelt Inn by her captors, sometimes months at a time, and was not allowed to leave. She was instead forced to have sex with men “double, triple and quadruple her age,” and estimates having relations with 1,000 men.

Inn Manager Yagna Patel contends that he was unaware that any such activity was taking place.

“We just rent the room and that’s all we can do,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “If we think a lot of people are having a party in the room, we kick them out.”

M.B.’s captors were arrested and sentenced to prison.

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  • Clae Brewer

    Not ministers, try monsters. These fools can’t taint the ministry of Christ nor are they representatives. Just looked what Jesus did and compare it today’s servant then you be the judge.

  • InTheChurch

    I hope they find Christ in jail. And when released, they need to sit in the pews for many years.

    • S0me0ne_Different

      Really? These guys were pastors. You think “finding Christ” is going to be genuine with them? I hope they get a taste of what they did to their victims ala’ prison rape.

      • InTheChurch

        What happens in prison, stays in prison. I have not objections.
        I said “I hope” they find Christ.

      • Sisyphus

        Advocating prison rape, how very Christ-like of you.

  • Amos Moses

    2Pet 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

    24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
    24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
    24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
    24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
    24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
    24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
    24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
    24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
    24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

  • sagat

    Ministers of satan yes

  • Jason Todd

    Put them in jail. Done.

  • Copyleft

    Why the quotation marks? These are obviously Christian ministers.

  • Ginger

    1Peter KJV chapter 4 verse 17 “For the time is
    come that judgment must begin at the house of God” [don’t read over that
    Judgment begins in the pulpit, from the leaders on down]: “and if it first
    begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    These are no Christian. True Christians teach and live out God’s holiness.