Laura Lloyd-Jenkins, wife of Cordell Jenkins, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on two separate charges related to the sex trafficking investigation involving her husband, U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman and FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony said in a news release.
Lloyd-Jenkins, wife of pastor Cordell Jenkins, is facing one count of obstructing of a sex trafficking investigation and one count of making a false statement.
She appeared before a judge for the first time Friday afternoon where she plead not guilty to the charges against her. Judge Jack Zouhary denied her request for release so she will remain in jail.
Authorities say the 43-year-old notified a defendant of the forthcoming investigation back in march and made false statements to law enforcement about her knowledge of the conduct alleged in the April indictment.
If found guilty she could face a maximum of 28 years in jail. She will have a detention hearing Thursday December 21.
Court documents state that Kenneth Butler, Cordell Jenkins and Anthony Haynes sexually assaulted a juvenile girl beginning in 2014 through 2017. Investigators say the victim was 14 when the conduct began and was in the custody of Haynes. Some of this conduct took place at the Greater Life Christian Center in Toledo.
The news release goes on to say, Haynes routinely gave the victim money after the acts and told her not to say anything. He told her that if she said anything, it would ruin his family and his church, according to court documents.
Haynes also facilitated the victim being sexually exploited by several other men, including Jenkins, according to court documents.
Jenkins repeatedly sexually exploited the minor at his home on Barrington Drive, at his office at Abundant Life Ministries and at a motel in Toledo. He paid her and referred to the payment as “hush money.” He often recorded these interactions with his cellular telephone, according to court documents.
Jenkins also caused another juvenile girl to engage in commercial sex acts in March 2017, according to the indictment
Butler also caused another juvenile girl to engage in commercial sex acts from 2015 through 2017, according to indictment.
SOURCE: WTVG ABC13 – Amy Montgomery