Chad Lee Lindley, 41, pleaded guilty to the human trafficking charge that alleged he posted an ad on Craigslist to recruit young women to work as prostitutes. He also pleaded guilty to three other charges, including a controlled substance charge and charges of using a minor in a sexual performance and luring minors by computer.
Lindley was sentenced to a total of three years on those charges, which are to be served concurrently with his sentence on the human trafficking charge. Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel said his department is very happy with the sentence, and that it sent a strong message to other human traffickers working in the Fargo area.
The Lindley case represented a rare opportunity to go after the people working at the top of prostitution rings, he said, rather than arresting the women and their customers. The case developed from Fargo vice officers monitoring online on websites such as Craigslist, Back and Facebook, identifying who was behind them and setting up stings to catch the traffickers.
Prosecutor Reid Brady asked for a five-year prison sentence, stating Lindley was "driven by greed and lust to exploit others. Lindley's attorney recommended a sentence of 18 months, citing his clean record and amenability to treatment. Before North Dakota passed its human trafficking statute init was one of 11 states that didn't specifically ban trafficking.
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