- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to prison for conspiring to transport minors to motels across the state and in Massachusetts for the purpose of sex trafficking them.

Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha says Reginald Chaney, of East Providence, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years behind bars followed by five years of probation. Chaney pleaded guilty on May 10.

Authorities say police responded to Hasbro Children’s Hospital on January 28, 2015, for a report of sexual exploitation of a 16-year-old girl.

A subsequent investigation revealed that the 21-year-old Chaney and two male juveniles posted nude photographs online of the girl and a 15-year-old girl. Chaney and the co-conspirators then transported the girls to motels in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to offer them for prostitution.

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