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Pastor who denied being 'pervert' convicted of sex charges

Mar. 28, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A former minister accused of grooming a 14-year-old girl for sex and then encouraging her to engage in sex with two other pastors has been convicted of child sex trafficking. A federal jury found Anthony Haynes guilty of multiple charges Wednesday, hours after he denied having sex with...

Pastor accused of child sex trafficking: 'I'm not a pervert'

Mar. 27, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A former minister accused of child sex trafficking in Ohio is denying he had sex with a 14-year-old girl and told federal jurors she tried to manipulate him. Anthony Haynes testified Wednesday in Toledo that he initially lied to investigators because he was covering up for others,...

Mississippi man gets prison for drugging, trafficking kids

Mar. 27, 2019 2:49 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for drugging children and then trafficking them for sex. News outlets report 37-year-old Willie Charles Blackmon Jr. was sentenced Monday after being convicted in November of sex trafficking minors and promoting a...

Prosecutor: Pastor urged ministers to have sex with teen

Mar. 25, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A minister who promised a woman he'd take care of her daughter began having sex with the teenager daily and later encouraged two other pastors to have sex with her as well, federal prosecutors said Monday. Anthony Haynes could face up to life in prison if he's convicted of child sex...

Man convicted of sex trafficking a slain teen

Mar. 6, 2019 6:58 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A man accused of sex-trafficking a teenager who was allegedly killed by a man who answered an online sex advertisement was convicted Wednesday of the charges by a federal jury. Joseph Hazley was accused of sex-trafficking Desiree Robinson and two other victims. The 16-year-old Robinson was...

Judge warned after claiming God said defendant was innocent

Mar. 6, 2019 2:12 PM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas judge has received a public warning for asking a jury to keep deliberating because God told him the defendant they convicted was innocent. Comal County Judge Jack Robison reported himself to the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct after his outburst while presiding over the...

New solutions for the old problem of illegal massage parlors

Feb. 27, 2019 10:33 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — They're nestled amid bustling downtowns and tucked into nondescript strip malls across quiet suburbs. Brothels posing as massage parlors and Asian spas have been part of the American landscape for decades, hidden in plain sight. But the Florida prostitution sting that ensnared New England...

Lawsuit targets Facebook, hotel over teen's sex trafficking

Feb. 22, 2019 6:21 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville lawsuit claims a teenage sex trafficking survivor was the victim of "quests for profits" by Facebook and a hotel chain. The then-15-year-old girl's mother sued Facebook, Rodeway Inn and related companies this week. The lawsuit says Facebook didn't verify a 35-year-old...