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Northern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Toledo woman who served on the board of Lucas County Children Services sentenced to nearly two years in prison for making false statements as part of investigation into the sex trafficking of minors

A Toledo woman was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for making false statements as part of investigation into the sex trafficking of minors.

Laura Lloyd-Jenkins, 44, was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison. She previously pleaded guilty to one count making a false statement.

“This defendant held a position of trust in the community. Instead of reporting the exploitation of children to the police when she learned about it, she kept the information to herself and then lied when asked about it,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said.

"We are pleased with the sentence Ms. Lloyd-Jenkins has received for the untruths she told to law enforcement and for the efforts she engaged in to cover up abuses of an under-aged female being trafficked for sex,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith. “In a public position of trust , Ms. Lloyd-Jenkins was held at a higher standard.  We encourage the public to report any suspicions of child exploitation to law enforcement."

Lloyd-Jenkins was charged as part of a 13-count indictment in which Kenneth Butler, Cordell Jenkins, and Anthony Haynes, are all charged with conspiracy to sex traffic children.

Lloyd-Jenkins obstructed a sex trafficking investigation by notifying a defendant of the forthcoming investigation on March 29, 2017, according to court documents.

Lloyd-Jenkins made false statements to law enforcement on April 12, 2017, about her knowledge of the sexual exploitation of a minor, according to court documents.

Lloyd-Jenkins was the Lucas County Administrator and served on the board of Lucas County Children Services at the time of the crimes, according to court documents and statements.

Haynes, Butler and Jenkins sexually assaulted a juvenile girl beginning in 2014 through 2017, according to court documents.

The girl was 14 when the conduct began and she was in the custody of Hayne. Some of this conduct took place at Greater Life Christian Center in Toledo, where Haynes was pastor at the time. Haynes used his cellular telephone to record these sexual assaults, according to court documents.

Haynes routinely gave the victim money after the acts and told her not to say anything. He told her that if she said anything, it would ruin his family and his church, according to court documents.

Haynes also facilitated the victim being sexually exploited by several other men, including Jenkins, according to court documents.

Jenkins repeatedly sexually exploited the minor at his home on Barrington Drive, at his office at Abundant Life Ministries and at a motel in Toledo. He paid her and referred to the payment as “hush money.” He often recorded these interactions with his cellular telephone, according to court documents.

Jenkins also caused another juvenile girl to engage in commercial sex acts in March 2017, according to the indictment

Butler also caused another juvenile girl to engage in commercial sex acts from 2015 through 2017, according to indictment.

Jenkins was sentenced to life in prison. Butler was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison. Haynes is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Freeman and Alissa Sterling following an investigation by the FBI’s Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force. The Task Force is comprised of members of the FBI, Toledo Police Department, Perrysburg Township Police Department, Lima Police Department, Oregon Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Lucas County Sheriff’s Office.

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Human Trafficking
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Contact: 
Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated June 5, 2019