Witness tampering charges filed in Pastor sex trafficking investigation

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Witness intimidation charges has have been filed against two women in connection with the investigation of three Toledo pastors charged with sexually abusing children.

Alisa Haynes and Alexis Fortune were formally charged in federal court Monday with a charge of tampering with a witness, victim or an informant.

Alisa Haynes’ husband, Anthony, is already facing charges of sex trafficking a child. Anthony Haynes is the step-father of Fortune.

The federal complaint says around January 5th, Alisa Haynes and Fortune are accused of going to the home of one of the female victims in the sex trafficking investigation.

Fortune is accused of choking that female victim with a computer cord.

Investigators then say Fortune tried to convince the victim not to testify at trial in regards to the Anthony Haynes trial.

Alisa Haynes, Fortune and the female victim got into a car and drove to a couple of area stores.

At some point, the group drove to a house in Toledo. The female victim was choked again, according to investigators, and the victim briefly escaped. Fortune is accused of chasing her with a bat.

Alisa Haynes is then accused of telling this female victim she could recant her statements. The female victim was then given Fortune’s phone to call Alisa Haynes’ phone to leave a voicemail recanting her previous statements.

That victim then left that voicemail recanting her previous statements to law enforcement.

The court filing says the victim was visibly shaken and emotional as she spoke with investigators about what happened.