FORMER KALAMAZOO PASTOR STRICK STRICKLAND TO APPEAR IN DISTRICT COURT FOR SEX CRIMES
October 22, 2020
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Strick Strickland faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on 11 felony counts, which include criminal sexual conduct and human trafficking.
Strickland is scheduled to appear Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in 8th District Court in front of Judge Tiffany Ankley.
Authorities accuse Strickland and his wife of using their positions within the church and Kalamazoo Public Schools to coerce four teen boys into sex.
Prosecutors said Strickland used his position of power to find the boys.
Strickland first appeared in front of a judge in September. District Court Judge Richard Santoni ruled Strickland was not a flight risk because he showed up for court and posted a $500,000 bond.
Strickland's attorney, Mike Hills, said the 37-year-old former pastor has been working at a horse farm in his home state of Mississippi to support his wife, Jazmonique, and family. Mills said Strickland is no longer a pastor nor is he involved with any local organizations.
Santoni said the four boys in this case live in Kalamazoo but he doesn't believe they are in any danger.
"I don't see at this moment in time there's danger to these four individuals by Mr. Strickland under these circumstances.
Two years ago, that's a different story. We're not two years ago. We're here today," Santoni said.
The prosecutor's office is reviewing whether they'll charge Strickland's wife, Jazmonique, with any crime.
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