TOLEDO, OHIO — This pastor is one of three who were caught being absolutely disgusting with minors. Trading sexual acts for $20-$30 or hair appointments.
In an alleged child sex trafficking scheme, Kenneth Butler — of Detroit’s Kingdom Encounter Family Worship Center — admitted in U.S. District Court on Monday that he had sex with two minor girls, sometimes even at his friend’s church office, according to The Blade.
Butler, 38, pleaded guilty to:
- conspiracy to sex traffic children
- obstruction of a sex trafficking investigation
- and two counts of sex trafficking of children.
Reportedly, the charges carry maximum possible sentences of life in prison. However, Butler will only be sentenced to 17.5 years in prison as part of a plea agreement.
The source notes that Judge Jack Zouhary has scheduled sentencing for September 12.
WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED?
Well, according to U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman, Butler was “preying on a foster child who was previously the victim of sexual abuse, and he committed these crimes in a house of worship.” Herdman continues as follows.
“Butler may hold himself out to the community as a pastor, but in the eyes of the law he is a criminal who pays money to sexually assault children.”
If you remember, The Black Loop previously reported on a few pastors in the Ohio area who were being charged with similar crimes as Butler. As it turns out, they were all buddies.
And while Butler was indicted on charges last November, this came more than six months after federal agents arrested 47-year-old Reverend Cordell Jenkins, pastor and founder of Abundant Life Ministries in Toledo.
Likewise, the same happened to Reverend Anthony Haynes, 39, of Greater Life Christian Center in Toledo.
Both of them were Butler’s friends.
But back to what happened…
The Blade reports that Michael Freeman, an assistant U.S. attorney, presented facts of the case against Butler. According to Freeman, it all started after Butler began attending Haynes’ church.
The source says, in 2015, Haynes told Butler that a teenage girl was living at his home. She had allegedly been sexually abused by family members prior to her seeking refuge.
Freeman stated in court that Haynes and Butler, both, had sex with the girl at Haynes’ Greater Life Christian Center office. In 2016, Haynes closed that church. However, he opened a new church at the University Bible Fellowship location, according to the source.
There, he and Butler allegedly had sex with the victim again. The attorney mentioned that, one time, Butler gave the girl $30 to have her hair “styled” after they had sex.
“Haynes told Butler that Cordell Jenkins also was having sex with Juvenile #1,” Mr. Freeman elaborated. “Butler knew Jenkins as another pastor in the Toledo area. Butler went to Jenkins’ church on a few occasions when Haynes was a guest preacher. Likewise, Jenkins was a guest preacher at Haynes’s church.”
But it didn’t stop there…
The source also mentions that Butler later had sex with a second minor who attended Greater Life Christian Center. Similar to the first girl, he allegedly gave her $20 after they had sex in his car, while driving back to Toledo from his church in Detroit.
Reportedly, the girl “routinely” watched Butler’s children during services at Kingdom Encounter Family Worship Center.
According to the source, when he found out there was a federal investigation in March 2017, he deleted text messages regarding the first victim. And, in October, Butler told the second victim to “lie to federal authorities when asked about their sex.”
When Judge Zouhary repeatedly asked Butler if he disagreed with any of the statements Freeman was making, Butler simply replied, “No, not at this time.”
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