Tuesday, January 08, 2019 10:50 am
Wife of pastor going to trial accused of witness tampering
TOLEDO, Ohio – Federal prosecutors say the wife and stepdaughter of a minister charged with child sex trafficking in Ohio abducted one of the victims and tried to talk her out of testifying at his trial.
A federal complaint says the two women went to the victim's apartment in Toledo on Saturday and forced their way in with a gun. Prosecutors say the teen was choked and told to take back statements made to investigators.
Charged with witness tampering are 43-year-old Alisa Haynes and 24-year-old Alexis Fortune.
Fortune's attorney declined to comment and a message was left with Haynes' attorney.
Haynes is the wife of Anthony Haynes, one of two former pastors going to trial in two weeks. He has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of paying a girl for sex.