PRESS COLLECTION: “Evangelist Leroy Jenkins” (1973)

In 1979, Jenkins was indicted in Delaware, Ohio for threatening assault and arson while still married to his former wife Harkins. Jenkins, who wound up getting sentenced to and serving five years in prison for the incident, was then mysteriously pardoned by the State of Ohio later. In 1994, he was arrested for grand theft but the charges were soon dropped when he agreed to pay restitution. In 2001, his marriage to a 77-year old widow who had recently hit the Ohio Lottery jackpot for $6,000,000 USD was annulled by a judge in Delaware, Ohio. The legal guardian of one Eloise Thomas, whose husband had died just three weeks before the marriage to Jenkins, former Ohio State Senator Ben Espy, claimed on behalf of the woman’s family that Ms. Thomas was incompetent and therefore incapable of knowing what she was doing when she attempted to marry Jenkins. Jenkins has repeatedly denied accusations that he was attempting to marry the woman for the sake of her net worth, which was estimated at $4,000,000 USD.[1] In 2003, while his ministry was still based in Columbus, Jenkins’s “miracle water” was allegedly found to contain coliform bacteria by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Jenkins claimed that the tests conducted by independent laboratories had found the water safe for drinking and that the state ignored his findings. Jenkins was later fined $200 because he didn’t have a license to sell the water.

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