Pews in Ebenezer Baptist Church

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – One of the three Ohio ministers accused of sex trafficking teenage girlshas 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.

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.



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