- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Boston man has been sentenced to 85 years in prison for trafficking a 14-year-old girl and having her prostitute herself while working at an exotic club in Rhode Island.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says 54-year-old Troy Footman was sentenced Wednesday in Providence Superior Court.

Footman was convicted by a jury in July 2015 of two counts of sex trafficking a minor, two counts of pandering and related crimes.

Prosecutors say Footman developed a sexual relationship with the 14-year-old runaway from Massachusetts and encouraged her to take a job dancing at Cheater’s Gentlemen’s Club in Providence in 2013. Footman also advertised the girl as an escort on the website backpage.com and acted as her pimp, arranging encounters at Massachusetts motels and taking her money afterward.

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