Man charged with pimping girls in Rochester apprehended in Georgia
(THE MED CITY BEAT) - Bounty hunters have caught a man wanted in Olmsted County on multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct.
Lee Andrew Paul, 34, was apprehended Wednesday in Georgia by agents from US Bail & Fugitive Enforcement. Investigators told the Med City Beat Friday afternoon that he is being held in a Georgia facility awaiting extradition back to Minnesota.
Paul was arrested in May 2013 for trying to recruit two young girls as prostitutes. KSTP-TV reported he picked up the girls, ages 12 and 16, in Rochester and brought them to hotel in Anoka County. Paul allegedly told the girls he was a pimp and they would be working for him as prostitutes.
Paul also allegedly assaulted both girls, according to media reports.
The Post-Bulletin reported an accomplice took the 12-year-old to Douglas County the next day, while Paul stayed back with 16-year-old. The teen, however, was able to temporarily escape and call police.
Paul fled the scene, but officers were able to later track him down at a nearby home. KTTC-TV reported the 12-year-old, who was found with him, told police he was trying to sell her for sex.
Paul was charged in Olmsted County District Court with three felonies including first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Similar charges were also filed in Anoka County.
It is unclear when he will arrive back in Minnesota.
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