Man Sentenced to 28 Years for Prostitution Ring in Minn.

Updated: 03/25/2013 12:11 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

A Minnesota man has been sentenced in federal court to 28 years in prison for running a prostitution ring with underage girls in the Twin Cities.

Arthur James Chappell, 40, recruited multiple girls under the age of 18 to engage in prostitution from August 2006 to July 2007, according to records from the U.S. District Court in Minnesota.

Chappell also took pictures and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit acts and conspired with others to produce porn from the images, the charges said.

Chappell was initially convicted in 2010 of one count of sex trafficking of minor. In a retrial, Chappell was charged with 10 additional counts, which a jury later convicted him of.

In addition to sex trafficking of a minor, the other counts included possession of child pornography, conspiracy to possess and produce child pornography, enticing travel for prostitution and transportation with intent to engage in prostitution.

In the case, Bloomington police investigators conducted surveillance at a hotel where they found four women in a room, which police say was rented by Chappell.

Police reported that Chappell was promoting his business through computer ads on websites such as "Craigslist" and "Backpage."

At his sentencing last week, Chappell's defense asked that he serve a 15-year sentence, court records said. The motion was denied.