Maplewood man charged in rapes of two girls

Jacoby Kindred

A Maplewood man who police say called himself a preacher was recently charged with sexually abusing two girls repeatedly over nearly a decade, starting when they were about 6 and 7.

Jacoby Kindred, 61, is charged in the rapes of the two girls, now 14 and 16, at homes where he lived in Maplewood and St. Paul during overnight stays and in a St. Paul store's parking lot, according to the complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court on Dec. 11. He is facing two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Complaint: Kindred told girls he would 'take the demons out'

The mother reported the alleged abuse when a relative found a letter one of the girls wrote that referenced sexual acts involving Kindred. The mother told police that the girls would often spend the night with him at his house.

Kindred claims two younger children in the mother's custody are his biological grandchildren.

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 he 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 said Kindred allegedly starting 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 said.

Kindred denies charges, says they're a ruse

Kindred denied the allegations in the police interview, and, according to the complaint, said 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.”

According to the complaint, Kindred told police that the girls were “like his own grandchildren.”

When he was told about the reports of inappropriate behavior, he responded, “Never, never,” the complaint said. He argued that the girls’ mother made up the allegations because her new boyfriend doesn’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!”

“These are false allegations,” Kindred said when he was reached by phone on Thursday. “This is hearsay from the children’s mouth. There’s been chaos in this family a long time."

Kindred again claimed the adults in the situation have a motive to discredit him. "They feel that if they do this to me, they can keep me [from my grandchildren]. Their mom has put them up to this.”

In the phone interview, Kindred claimed he was "beat up" once when he tried to visit his grandchildren, but he didn’t report it to authorities.

“That’s what this is all about,” Kindred said. “This is wrong. Just because they filed criminal charges, doesn’t mean a man is guilty.”

If convicted, Kindred faces up to 30 years in prison for each of the two counts.

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