On Monday, prosecutors provided notice of evidence regarding sexual encounters in front of and with a juvenile between Anthony Haynes and another person.
This newly public information comes after last week’s pre-trial hearing in U.S. District Court in which a hearing was set for Mr. Haynes’ proposed plea agreement which he refused. His co-defendants Mr. Jenkins and his wife Laura Lloyd-Jenkins, 43 also appeared during that pre-trial hearing in advance of the October 29th trial with Mr. Haynes that was postponed to January 22, 2019.
Mr. Jenkins founded Abundant Life Ministries and Mr. Haynes led the Greater Life Christian Center. Both of these pastors face charges of production of child pornography and child sex trafficking. Ms. Lloyd-Jenkins requested a separate trial from the co-defendants who is being charged with obstruction of justice and making a false statement to investigators. There is a third pastor, Kenneth Butler, 38, formerly of Kingdom Encounter Family Worship Center in Detroit, who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sex traffic children, obstruction of a sex-trafficking investigation, and two counts of sex trafficking of children. His sentencing will be held on November 20, 2018, and he’s facing an agreed-upon term of 17.5 years in prison.
The co-defendants Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Haynes will stand a jury trial on January 22, 2019, for their crimes. The U.S. District Court Judge Jack Zouhary granted a continuance to allow attorneys more time to prepare pretrial motions, review discovery, and prepare for trial.