Missouri man pleads guilty to teen sex trafficking case - KMOV.com

Missouri man pleads guilty to teen sex trafficking case

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Thirty-year-old Stephen Ardrey, of Springfield, Mo., has pleaded guilty to charges he took a 17-year-old girl with learning disabilities from Massachusetts to Rhode Island, where he sold her for sex. By Sarah Heath Thirty-year-old Stephen Ardrey, of Springfield, Mo., has pleaded guilty to charges he took a 17-year-old girl with learning disabilities from Massachusetts to Rhode Island, where he sold her for sex. By Sarah Heath

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A Missouri man has pleaded guilty to charges he took a 17-year-old girl with learning disabilities from Massachusetts to Rhode Island, where he sold her for sex.

Thirty-year-old Stephen Ardrey, Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday acknowledged he met the girl online and corresponded with her for months. In September, he met her at a library in Medfield, Mass., and they made their way to a motel in West Greenwich, R.I.

She was found in neighboring Coventry after someone saw them walking together.

Ardrey has been in federal custody since.

He pleaded guilty to trafficking a minor and transporting a minor to engage in sex.

The charges carry a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and up to life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for May 15.

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