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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Fargo man, Lindley, sentenced on human trafficking charge

  • A Fargo man who was the first in North Dakota to be charged under a 2009 human trafficking law has been sentenced to serve three years in prison.
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  • A Fargo man who was the first in North Dakota to be charged under a 2009 human trafficking law has been sentenced to serve three years in prison.
    The Forum reports Chad Lindley, who is in his 40s, pleaded guilty to the human trafficking charge that alleged he posted an ad on Craigslist to recruit females to work as prostitutes.
    He also pleaded guilty to three other charges, including a drug count and charges of using a minor in a sexual performance and luring minors by computer.
    Prosecutor Reid Brady on Tuesday asked for a five-year sentence, saying Lindley had been "driven by greed and lust to exploit others." Lindley's attorney sought a sentence of 1 ½ years. Judge John Irby gave Lindley eight years, with five years suspended.

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