Sex-tra∞ck­ing ring leader con­victed

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kieran Ni­chol­son

The leader of a sex-traf­fick­ing ring that vic­tim­ized adults and chil­dren has been found guilty by an Ara­pa­hoe County jury on 30 crim­i­nal counts.

Brock Franklin, 31, was in­dicted by a statewide grand jury in Novem­ber 2015, ac­cord­ing to the Ara­pa­hoe County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

Among the charges of which Franklin was con­victed Fri­day are hu­man traf­fick­ing of a mi­nor, pimp­ing a child, pa­tron­iz­ing a pros­ti­tuted child and kid­nap­ping.

The case, which was pros­e­cuted un­der Colorado’s Or­ga­nized Crime Con­trol Act, in­cluded six co-de­fen­dants.

The vic­tims — three girls and five women — co­op­er­ated with prose­cu­tors, who be­lieve there are ad­di­tional vic­tims, the DA’s of­fice said.

Franklin’s sen­tence will be handed down af­ter ha­bit­ual crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings — which are sched­uled to start in June — are com­plete.

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