Ohio pastor pleads guilty to sex trafficking of teen girls


Cordell Jenkins (Photo courtesy: Lucas County Sheriff’s Office)

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TOLEDO, Ohio — A second of three Ohio ministers accused of enticing teenage girls to have sex with them has pleaded guilty.

Cordell Jenkins agreed to plead guilty Tuesday to federal charges that include child sex trafficking.

Federal authorities say he was among three Toledo-area pastors who paid teenage girls for sex over the past few years and shared photos and videos of the girls.

A second defendant pleaded guilty last year. A third minister charged in the case is due to go on trial next week.

Prosecutors say in court documents that Jenkins had sex with a teenager at his home and church office and that he recorded the acts with his phone.

His attorney declined to comment, citing a court-imposed gag order.

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