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Pastor Guilty of Sex Trafficking Children Asks Judge to “Have Mercy” on Him

Jul 9, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

Last May, an Ohio pastor pleaded guilty to multiple counts of child sex trafficking. Kenneth Butler was sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison for his role in sexually assaulting underage girls (plural), including one was was a foster child and a previous victim of sexual abuse.

The details were even more disturbing than the charges themselves. The three men basically passed the girls between each other like playing cards, raping them, then discussing how much fun they had.

The two other pastors involved in the trafficking ring didn’t plead guilty. They wanted a jury trial, which offered a possible “not guilty” verdict as well as the risk of a lengthier sentence. It didn’t work. Both of the other men were found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.

Anthony Haynes, the former leader of Greater Life Christian Center, was one of those pastors. And during his recent sentencing hearing, he urged the judge to have mercy on him because he’s really a decent guy. And isn’t the two years he spent away from his family, including his five kids, punishment enough?! (Answer: No.)

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