Jacoby Kindred sentenced to 12 years in prison


Maplewood self-proclaimed pastor found guilty of sexual abuse

Jacoby Kindred

Back in December 2013, when Jacoby Kindred was first charged with sexual abuse of two young girls, he vehemently denied the charges.

In a phone interview, Kindred said, "This is wrong. Just because they filed criminal charges, doesn't mean a man is guilty."

But after listening to trial testimony, jury members deliberated for just over six hours and found Kindred guilty of raping the two girls, who were members of his extended family.

He was convicted of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and last week was given consecutive sentences of 144 months for each.

Kindred's lawyer, Gary Bryant-Wolf, said he expects the verdict to be overturned in a court of appeals. During an interview, he contended there were "no corroboration of the claims, no witness, no DNA and no medical evidence of any sexual contact." He claimed prosecutors "failed to introduce sufficient evidence of a 'significant relationship' between Mr. Kindred and victims."

Bryant-Wolf said, "He is not related by blood or marriage, and he did not intermittently reside with victims. (I'm) confident court of appeals will reverse both convictions."

Kindred, 61, was found guilty of repeatedly raping the two girls, who are now 16 and 17, at homes where he lived in Maplewood and St. Paul and in a St. Paul store's parking lot, according to Ramsey County District Court documents.

The abuse was reported when a relative found a letter one of the girls wrote that referenced sexual acts involving Kindred.

One of the girls told investigators that Kindred would justify his sexual abuse by telling her that the devil was inside her, and he could remove the demons.

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, which has since been removed, he was repeatedly referred to as "PreacherMan Kindred."

According to the complaint, the abuse began when the girls were about 6 and escalated over the years.

He reportedly told investigators that the girls' mother made up the allegations because her new boyfriend didn't like him.

He eventually cut off the police interview, saying "And I'm gone. Get your warrants, do what you gotta do, no DNA, none of that," according to the complaint. "You weren't there, nobody was there!"

You can reach Tim Faklis at 651-748-7814, at tfaklis@lillienews.com, or on Twitter @tfaklisnews.

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