Wife of Former Kalamazoo Pastor Charged with Human Trafficking, Child Sexual Assault
KALAMAZOO, MI – The wife of a former pastor in Kalamazoo accused of multiple sexual assaults on children while accompanied by her husband was arraigned in Kalamazoo County District Court on Monday.
Jazmonique Lakendra Strickland, 27, of Mississippi, surrendered to authorities in Kalamazoo on Monday, January 25 – 11 days after an arrest warrant was issued for her arrest.
Strickland faces three counts of trafficking a minor for commercial sexual activity, two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct on a student, one count of third degree criminal sexual conduct on a child aged 13 to 15 and two counts of child abuse sexual activity.
In a related case, Strickland’s husband, Stricjavvar “Strick” Strickland, 38, was charged with 11 counts in August. Strick Strickland is the former senior pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Kalamazoo and also served as the local chapter president of the NAACP from 2016 to 2018.
According to court documents filed in her husband’s case, the couple would use their jobs at Phoenix High School in Kalamazoo and theirs with the church and find teenage males to engage in sexual activity with Jazmonique Strickland.
The couple are accused of sexually assaulting at least four teenagers between the two between August 2015 and August 2018, according to court records.
At least two of the victims were paid by Strick Strickland and, in return, Jazmonique Strickland had sex with the children, according to court documents.
After giving up his right to a preliminary examination in November, Strick Strickland is due to stand trial on April 26. The former pastor is also due to appear in Kalamazoo County District Court later this week. misdemeanor assault charge filed against him by a former deacon of the church.
Jazmonique Strickland is due to return to Kalamazoo County District Court for a probable causes conference on February 3. Similar to her husband, she received a personal commitment of $ 500,000, which means that she does not have to pay any money to be released, but that she will owe that money if she does not appear in court. .
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