ST. PAUL, Minn. - Two Minnesota men were sentenced to more than 21 years in prison, in what's believed to be the longest sentences ever handed down in a state sex trafficking case.
Fontai McArthur Diggs, 20, of Northfield, and Timothy Denzel Cross, 20, of St. Paul, were sentenced on Monday in Ramsey County Court. The two were found guilty on July 25 on charges of engaging in sex trafficking in the first-degree and one count of engaging in sex trafficking in the second-degree.
Diggs got 274 months for his role in the trafficking case while Cross received a 254-month sentence.
According to a criminal complaint, St. Paul Police responded to a call in June of 2012 that a 16-year-old was being prostituted by two men. When police spoke to the victim, she said she had traveled to St. Paul from Duluth with an 18-year-old female. Upon arrival in St. Paul, Cross and Diggs picked them up, drove them to a hotel and told them they would be sleeping with men at the hotel for money.
"We believe these are the longest sentences for sex trafficking in Minnesota to-date. In Ramsey County, (a total of) three defendants have now been sentenced to more than 20 years for this crime in the last two years," said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi. "With these sentences, the justice system in Ramsey County has sent a strong message to those who sell and buy teen girls for sex -- we will not tolerate this crime in our community."
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