Rochester man charged in federal court with sex trafficking
(THE MED CITY BEAT) - An alleged pimp has been charged in federal court for kidnapping and raping a 12-year-old Rochester girl.
The Star Tribune reports Lee A. Paul, 34, was indicted Tuesday in Minneapolis on a charge of sex trafficking a minor. Paul was apprehended by bounty hunters in Georgia last month and is now in federal custody.
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 sexually assaulted both girls, according to investigators.
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.
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