- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A Fredericksburg man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in a sex trafficking ring federal prosecutors consider the largest ever discovered in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Thirty-four-year-old Robert Bonner Jr. was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria and ordered to pay $317,750 in restitution and forfeit $400,250. He pleaded guilty to sex trafficking and other offenses in July.

According to court documents, Bonner led an interstate sex trafficking ring involving more than 55 women in at least seven states. Court documents state Bonner and others recruited victims, promising a better life. Instead, he used force and women’s substance abuse problems to manipulate them. In one case, prosecutors say Bonner had a fentanyl patch given to a woman, who absorbed a fatal dose.

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