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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • 28-year sentence for Chappel of Minn. for prostituting teens on Craigslist, Backpage

  • His defense says the girls and women who worked for him did so freely and that Chappell has changed his ways and is now a man of the cloth.
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  •  A Minnesota man is sentenced to 28 years in prison for prostituting, beating and sexually assaulting teenage girls.
    Forty-year-old Arthur Chappell was retried on appeal and convicted of sex trafficking of a minor, conspiracy to produce child pornography and a host of other charges.
    Prosecutors say Chappell is "cold and calculating liar and a manipulative and controlling sexual predator" His defense says the girls and women who worked for him did so freely and that Chappell has changed his ways and is now a man of the cloth.
    Authorities say Chappell promoted his prostitution operation on Craigslist and Backpage websites. The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/YPCuBV ) reports the government also alleged that between August of 2006 and mid-2007, Chappell persuaded other women to travel out of state to engage in prostitution.

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