- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Seattle man charged for his role in a prostitution operation that ended after authorities raided a Great Falls motel last year has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

The Great Falls Tribune reports (https://gftrib.com/25TIHF6 ) Joseph Johnson pleaded guilty Monday to one count of aggravated promotion of prostitution. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors have agreed to drop a charge of sexual servitude of a child.

Court documents say Johnson and two 18-year-old co-defendants were involved in the sex trafficking of an underage girl.

Authorities had been alerted to the operation after ads promoting the prostitution were posted online.

One co-defendant, Francisco Johnson, was sentenced in April to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors are recommending a 20-year term with seven years suspended for Joseph Johnson when he’s sentenced in August.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, https://www.greatfallstribune.com


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