The former wife of one of three pastors accused of coercing and sharing teenage girls to have sex, often for money, pleaded guilty to lying to investigators Wednesday.
Laura Lloyd-Jenkins, who lost her job as a county administrator in Toledo after she was charged with interfering in her ex-husband’s investigation, pleaded guilty to making false statements.
According to Toledo Blade, she has been accused of alerting her husband and the two other involved pastors to delete information related to the case, among other things. On Wednesday she pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to making false statements to investigators by claiming she didn’t know the victim involved was a minor.
A review of the girl’s electronic devices showed Lloyd-Jenkins and the girl communicated fairly regularly, beginning as far back as spring, 2016, said U.S. Assistant Prosecutor Michael Freeman. Text messages prove Lloyd-Jenkins knew the girl was a minor and still in high school, the federal prosecutor said.
Lloyd-Jenkins sent the girl messages about going to the movies on a school night, having a good day at school, making a varsity sports team, and being up past bedtime, Mr. Freeman said.
Lloyd-Jenkins faces up to eight years in prison when she’s sentenced by Judge Jack Zouhary on June 4.