Three Toledo pastors are awaiting trial for their alleged roles in a child sex trafficking ring.
Cordell Jenkins, Anthony Haynes and Kenneth Butler pleaded not guilty Tuesday in federal court to conspiracy, sex trafficking and child pornography charges.
A Toledo federal grand jury issued indictments in what prosecutors call a conspiracy to entice underage girls with money in exchange for sex.
Federal prosecutors claim Haynes began grooming a 14-year old girl for prostitution three years ago, then introduced the victim to other men and all three pastors sexually assaulted her.
Jenkins and Haynes were previously indicted on child sex trafficking charges last summer.
Federal prosecutors say the men had relations with underage girls at their churches and Toledo-area hotels. The charges carry a life prison sentence.