TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - Two Toledo Pastors are under arrest and charged with sex crimes against kids. The FBI is investigating this case.
Agents have arrested and charged pastor Cordell Jenkins and pastor Anthony Haynes for alleged sex crimes against children. FBI agents are searching pastor Jenkins' home on Barrington. They’ve been there since 7:30am Friday.
The FBI’s Crimes Against Children's task force is executing several search warrants around town at homes and at churches. There are numerous agencies working this case. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been going in and out of homes with evidence bags.
The alleged crimes were brought to the FBI’s attention in the last few weeks and they launched an investigation. Investigators say the activity the pastors are charged with has been going on for some time.
"Both are charged with sex trafficking of children they will have appearances in federal court this afternoon. Right now I can't reveal a lot of details but you are welcome to look for that this afternoon in the documents. Right now those items are sealed but they have both been taken into custody and we have some other law enforcement activity going on in the community," said FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson.
Pastor Cordell Jenkins is head of Abundant Life Ministries on Glendale. Pastor Anthony Haynes is over Greater Life Christian center on Detroit.
FULL STATEMENT FROM THE FBI:
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 this morning at 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.