Stricjavvar Strickland, 37, a prominent pastor and former senior pastor of Second Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and his 27-year-old wife Jazmonique were charged with sexually abusing boys.
According to police, the sexual abuse began with Pastor Strickland paying several teenagers to have sex with his wife while he was watching.
Jazmonique, who is currently pregnant with the couple’s sixth child, is charged by police with recruiting at least four boys between the ages of 15 and 17 from the school where she worked as the couple’s sexual entertainment secretary.
According to court records, between 2015 and 2018, the Stricklands paid teenagers to have sex with the woman while her husband watched
A suspected victim told police that he was introduced to Jazmonique during the 2017-2018 school year and was once offered $ 50 in exchange for his nude selfies.
The same boy claimed Strickland asked him to have sex with his wife at the couple’s house in front of him and paid him $ 100.
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The pastor, a father of eight, was also accused of paying two boys $ 100 each to watch his wife perform sexual acts on them.
According to the records, the pastor also sexually assaulted one of the boys and gave him hush money after the victim told him to “stop”.
Another alleged victim said he was 16 years old when the pastor paid him cash for his nude photos in 2015.
When he turned 17, Strickland reportedly forced him to allow him to have sex with the teen in exchange for offering him use of his car.
Jazmonique surrendered to police on Monday and was charged with eight crimes of sexual assault and child abuse, and trafficking of minors for commercial sexual activity.
Her husband also surrendered to the police and was charged with eleven crimes. His security deposit is $ 500,000.
Strickland was removed from his post in July 2020, according to members of the Couples Church. Previously, he was also president of the local chapter of the NAACP.