Jacoby Kindred trial underway

Maplewood man charged with sexually abusing two young girls

Testimony began Monday, July 14, in the trial of Jacoby Kindred Sr., 61, who is accused of sexually abusing two young girls multiple times over the span of a decade.

During opening statements, Ramsey County prosecutors alleged the abuse began when both girls were about 6 years old and went on until just recently.

The girls, who are sisters and now ages 14 and 16, testified on the witness stand last week.

Kindred’s attorney, Gary Wolf, told the jury that his client would testify in his own defense at a later time.

In December 2013, the Ramsey County attorney’s office charged Kindred with first-degree criminal sexual conduct. According to the criminal complaint, Kindred, who is related to the victims, committed the crimes at homes where he lived in Maplewood and St. Paul during overnight stays and in a St. Paul store’s parking lot.

Their mother reported the alleged abuse after a cousin reportedly found a letter written by one of the girls. The letter, which was similar to a diary entry, was tucked in a dresser drawer. It referenced forced sexual acts involving Kindred. The mother told police that the girls would often spend the night at Kindred’s Maplewood home.

According to the complaint, one of the girls said the abuse started when she was about 7. She reportedly said he touched her inappropriately, raped her and forced her to engage in oral sex.

The other girl said that Kindred began abusing her when she was about 6, telling her it “wasn’t a bad thing,” according to the complaint, and “that the devil was inside of her and he could take the demons out of her.”

She alleged that Kindred started having intercourse with her when she was 15, saying that if she had sex with him, he wouldn’t tell her mom that she went to her boyfriend’s house when she wasn’t supposed to, the complaint stated.

Kindred has denied all the allegations. According to the complaint, he told authorities that he is a pastor at a Christian church called One Accord Ministries, which doesn’t have a building.  On his Facebook page, he is repeatedly referred to as “PreacherMan Kindred.”

-Tim Faklis


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