The Latest: Ex-wife of pastor in child sex case changes plea
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on case involving sex charges against Ohio pastors (all times local):
The former wife of one of three pastors accused in a child sex trafficking investigation in Ohio has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators.
Laura Lloyd-Jenkins pleaded guilty Wednesday to making false statements.
She’s a former county administrator in Toledo who lost her job after the allegations came out against her ex-husband. He pleaded guilty last week to charges that include child sex trafficking.
Prosecutors say her former husband along with Anthony Haynes and another Toledo-area minister coerced teenage girls to have sex. Attorneys for the men have declined to comment.
Jury selection in the trial for Haynes had been scheduled to start Wednesday.
Prosecutors say the men had sex with teenagers and sent one another photos and videos of the girls.
This story has been corrected to show that Lloyd-Jenkins is the pastor’s ex-wife, not wife.
The trial of a former minister accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl and sharing her with two other pastors in Ohio has been delayed again.
Jury selection in the trial of Anthony Haynes had been scheduled to start Wednesday on charges that include child sex trafficking. The two other pastors already have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
Federal court records show that the ex-wife of one of the ministers is now due in court Wednesday for a change of plea hearing.
Laura Lloyd-Jenkins earlier pleaded not guilty to obstructing investigators and making a false statement. A message seeking comment was left for her attorney.
Prosecutors say her former husband along with Haynes and another Toledo-area minister coerced teenage girls to have sex. Attorneys for the men have declined to comment.
A former minister accused of grooming a 14-year-old girl for sex and then introducing her to two other pastors is set to face a federal trial in Ohio.
Anthony Haynes could face up to life in prison if he’s convicted on charges that include child sex trafficking.
Jury selection in the trial is scheduled for Wednesday.
The two other Toledo-area pastors charged in the investigation already have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
Prosecutors say Haynes began pursuing the girl in 2014 and warned her not to say anything because it would ruin his family and church. His attorneys have declined to comment.
Haynes’ wife and stepdaughter are facing charges after authorities say they abducted the victim in January and warned her against testifying. Their attorneys have declined to comment.