As Aswad Ayinde’s daughter
stood up to speak, the judge
ordered him to put down the
court papers he was
hunched over and face the
daughter he had assaulted
and raped since she was 8 years old, fathering
her four children.
“I can’t describe how much you hurt me and my
sisters,” the daughter, now 35, said Friday to her
father, shackled in a prison jumpsuit, his head still
bowed, eyes never once meeting hers.
As the woman rehashed the horrors her father
inflicted on her and her sisters in Paterson, Ayinde
burst out, “You should’ve told the truth instead of
lying,” bringing an admonishment from Superior
Court Judge Raymond Reddin, who told him that
not only did he believe the daughter’s testimony,
but also so did the 12 jurors who convicted him.
Ultimately, the daughter said she forgave her
father and hoped at some time he’d repent.
“But obviously, with your head down like that,
you do not understand,” she said, three of her
sisters fighting tears in the courtroom pews.
After the daughter finished, Reddin on Friday
tacked on 50 years to the 40-year prison
sentence Ayinde, 54, received in 2010 after being
convicted of raping another of his daughters, who
bore a fifth child.
The former music producer and self-proclaimed
prophet faces three more trials for allegedly
sexually assaulting three other daughters after
requesting separate trials.
Prosecutors have said that Ayinde dominated his
children as a god-like prophet who wanted to
create a race that carried his pure bloodline. Over
the years, he molested five of his seven daughters
and fathered six children, the family and their
By about 2001, the family had mostly split up,
Ayinde “bouncing around,” but still in reach of his
family, the daughter said. In 2003, he tried to
rape her for the last time.
“That was it. … I just felt stronger,” she said.
Yet, it wasn’t until she and her sisters learned
that Ayinde had fathered more children with
other women that they decided to go to the
authorities in 2006.
“We found out we had other siblings, young
siblings, and we had to put him to a stop,” the
daughter said after the sentencing hearing.
“Even though we were healing, they could still fall
These days, the sisters stay in close touch. The
daughter who spoke Friday is studying
communications at Essex County College —
“straight A’s last semester,” she said — and has
just finished a memoir. As for her four children,
two have genetic illnesses that doctors told her
likely were due in part to the incest. A 9-year-old
daughter died in 2010 of spinal muscular
In sentencing Ayinde, Reddin could not hide his
disgust for what he had done.
“By 13, most fathers are taking their daughters to
the park … teaching them to ride a bike,” he said.
“You took her in the bedroom and repeatedly
raped her to complete your disgusting, revolting