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Denver Man Gets 24 Years To Life For Sex Trafficking A Minor

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A Denver man has been sentenced to 24 years to life in prison for sex trafficking of a minor.

Matthew Weatherspoon, 24, was sentenced Monday.

An Arapahoe County jury convicted him in May of trafficking a minor for sexual servitude, pimping of a child and related charges.

Matthew Weatherspoon (credit: Denver District Attorney)

District Attorney George Brauchler said in a Tuesday statement it was the first conviction under state human trafficking laws that were updated in 2014.

Weatherspoon came under investigation after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tipped a regional FBI task force about an underage female advertising herself online.

Agents tracked the ads to a hotel where a 15-year-old girl - a runaway - was living with Weatherspoon. They were living off money the girl made through prostitution.

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