KALAMAZOO, MI — The Rev. Stricjavvar Strickland, of Kalamazoo’s Second Baptist Church, has been charged with 11 felony criminal sexual charges.
He had a warrant issued for his arrest Friday, Aug. 21.
According to court records, Strickland was yet to turn himself in as of Monday, Aug. 24.
Strickland faces 11 felony charges, including two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct on a student, one on a person age 13-15 and one by force or coercion.
He also faces four counts of human trafficking of a minor for commercial sexual activity and three counts of child sexually abusive activity.
The date of offense(s), according to court records, is Aug. 1, 2015.
In September 2018, the Michigan State Police served a warrant at a home registered to Strickland and the Second Baptist Church.
“The search warrant was executed based on criminal allegations surrounding criminal sexual conduct and pandering against two individuals and today’s search was part of the investigative process,” police said at the time.
Strickland, along with his attorney Michael Hills, spoke to members of the media in February 2019 about the allegations.
The reverend and his attorney denied any wrongdoing whatsoever.
Strickland’s attorney released a brief statement to Wood TV Monday night.
“We are aware of the charges and are making arrangements to surrender Pastor Strickland as soon as possible,” Hills said in the statement.
Strickland also faces an assault charge stemming from an alleged incident with a former church deacon that occurred at the Second Baptist Church in December 2019. That case is scheduled for trial Sept. 30 in Kalamazoo County District Court.
Strickland has been pastor at Second Baptist Church in Kalamazoo since 2012. He also previously served as the NAACP Kalamazoo Chapter president from 2016-2018.
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