Three Ohio pastors allegedly lured underage girls into prostitution. According to Cleveland News, Reverends Cordell Jenkins, Anthony Haynes and Kenneth Butler were indicted by a Toledo grand jury for colluding in sex trafficking minors.
The latter two were also charged with obstruction an investigation into sex trafficking by deleting technological evidence and lying to officials. On Tuesday, all three of the men pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Haynes started luring a 14-year-old girl into prostitution beginning in 2014. All three of the pastors sexually assaulted the girl. If convicted, the men could face life in prison.
According to CNN, more than 3,500 cases of sex trafficking were reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center in 2016.