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Rochester man charged in federal court with sex trafficking

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.

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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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