by Oke Efagene
Jacoby Kindred, a 61-year old Minnesota pastor has been accused of sexually molesting two girls for nearly a decade, starting when they were just 6 and 7 years old.
Kindred, pastor of the One Accord Ministries, was reported by the mother of the girls in July this year, when she found a note written by one of her daughters, describing the abuse.
The pastor has been charged with 2 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He became a grandfather-figure to the girls, now 16 and 17, when their mother started dating his son and they would have sleepovers at his house.
Kindred started to molest the girls from then on, telling both victims that the ‘devil was inside them’ and that the sexual activity was the only cure.
According to reports:
One of the girls said Kindred would drive her to her boyfriend’s house, where she was not allowed to go by herself, and threaten to tell her mom about the visits if she refused sex with him.
According to the complaint, the abuse included fondling, oral sex and rape and happened at Kindred’s former residence in St Paul, a Target parking lot and his current home in Maplewood.
When confronted with the accusations in August, Kindred admitted that the girls would come over for sleepovers but says he never touched them inappropriately.
Kindred denied the allegations, saying the girls’ mother made up the story because her new boyfriend doesn’t like him. He ended the interview saying: ‘And I’m gone…Get your warrants, do what you gotta do, no DNA, none of that…You weren’t there, nobody was there!’
When contact was made with the pastor today, he went even further to denounce the teens’ report.
“These are not really kids,’ he said. ‘They have a mind of the adult. I never did anything like that,’ Kindred added. ‘Anyone can make up anything when you sit there long enough and you rehearse it.”
He also called Minnesota a ‘women’s state’ saying: “All a woman has to do is make an accusation, true or false, and the man’s going to be in trouble.”