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Ohio pastor encouraged other ministers to have sex with 'groomed' teen, prosecutors say [View all]

Source: Associated Press

Ohio pastor encouraged other ministers to have sex with 'groomed' teen, prosecutors say

March 25, 2019, 6:10 PM EDT
By Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio A minister who promised a woman he'd take care of her daughter began having sex with the teenager daily and later encouraged two other pastors to have sex with her as well, federal prosecutors said Monday.

Anthony Haynes could face up to life in prison if he's convicted of child sex trafficking and other charges. The two other Toledo-area pastors charged in the investigation have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

Prosecutors said during the opening of Haynes' trial that he first had sex with the girl when she was 14. They said the evidence against him includes text messages, photos, voice mails and DNA evidence from his church where the girl said they often had sex.

Haynes' attorney told jurors that the allegations are shocking, but there's not enough evidence to prove the trafficking and conspiracy charges he faces.

Attorney Pete Wagner also said Haynes may have had a questionable relationship with the girl, but he didn't coordinate or take part in trafficking her to the other ministers. He also said there was no paying for sex.

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Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ohio-pastor-encouraged-other-ministers-have-sex-groomed-teen-prosecutors-n987186


Pastor Anthony Haynes. Lucas County Sheriff's Office / The Blade via AP file

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