North Dakota newspaper sports editor charged in human trafficking caseBobby Abplanalp of the Dickinson Press was charged with the Class A felony of attempted human trafficking.
By: Forum News Service report, Forum News Service
BISMARCK, N.D. — The sports editor for the Dickinson (N.D.) Press was one of two men arrested Wednesday in Burleigh County on human trafficking charges.
Bobby Abplanalp was charged with the Class A felony of attempted human trafficking. The charge carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
The criminal complaint alleges Abplanalp attempted to obtain another person for sex, knowing that person was under 18 and would be subject to human trafficking.
Another man, Aaron S. Collins, was charged with the same crime.
The Dickinson Press is owned by Forum Communications Co., which also owns Forum News Service and the Duluth News Tribune.
Abplanalp joined the Dickinson Press in May after working as the sports editor of the Cortez (Colo.) Journal.