- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A trial date has been set for a Utah truck driver accused of keeping women as sex slaves in his semi-trailer as he drove across the country.

Court records show that a judge scheduled an April 2016 trial date for Timothy Jay Vafeades (VAH-fee-ah-deez) during a Monday hearing.

Vafeades is facing multiple charges, including kidnapping and transporting for illegal sexual activity. The trial is set to last three weeks.

U.S. District Judge David Nuffer also heard arguments from defense attorneys who want him to toss some of the evidence in the case.

Prosecutors say the 54-year-old Vafeades lured two women aged 18 and 19 to his truck and held them prisoner for months, forcibly altering their appearance and grinding down their teeth.

Nuffer has already denied one motion to toss evidence in the case.



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