A Kalamazoo, Michigan pastor has been charged with 11 felonies for sexually assaulting four underage male victims and paying them to have sex with his wife while he watched.
Reverend Stricjavvar “Strick” Strickland, 37, of the town’s Second Baptist Church, faces two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct on a student, one count on a person age 13-15, and another by force or coercion, according to documents filed in Kalamazoo County District Court. He also faces four counts of human trafficking of a minor for commercial sexual activity and three counts of child sexually abusive activity.
While a warrant for Strickland’s arrest was issued August 21, he has reportedly not turned himself in.
“It has been two years since these allegations first came forward and Pastor Strickland has remained in contact and available. He is not running from this,” Strickland’s attorney, Michael Hills, told local news. “Pastor Strickland remains ready to turn himself in and deal with these charges accordingly.”
Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecutor Christin J. Mehrtens-Carlin wrote in her bond recommendation that “the defendant and his wife would use their employment at Phoenix High School (in Kalamazoo) and to some extent, the defendant would use his work as a pastor, to find male teens to engage in sexual activity with the wife, while the defendant watched and masturbated.”
Strickland allegedly paid two of the minors $100 each to have sex with his wife, Jazmonique Strickland, while he watched. He allegedly paid them an additional $100 each to watch his wife perform oral sex on them on separate occasions.
He’s also accused of paying money to two boys to get them to text him explicit photos. When one of the boys was 17, Strickland coerced him into receiving oral sex, according to the detective’s affidavit. The boy, in exchange, allegedly was allowed to use the pastor’s vehicle.
Strickland allegedly paid another 15-year-old victim $200 to have sex with his wife in the couple’s basement multiple times.
As of this time, no charges have been brought against Jazmonique Strickland.
Strickland maintains that the charges are “absolutely preposterous,” despite the fact that Mehrtens-Carlin says he is alleged to have engaged in the same behavior with his ex-wife.
“All I can say for now is that we are prepared for this fight,” Strickland said. “God will prevail.”