BISMARCK, North Dakota — A Porter man who was arrested in an online sex trafficking sting has been sentenced to more than five years in prison.
Fifty-year-old Lawrence Hundley, of Porter, Texas, pleaded guilty to coercion and enticement of a minor.
Hundley was one of 14 people in Williston and Dickinson arrested in an investigation tabbed “Operation Vigilant Guardian.”
U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Hundley to five years and three months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release.
A federal public defender was not immediately available for comment.
In the operation undercover agents posed online as pimps selling underage girls for sex. The men who were arrested had responded to the ads which were on Backpage and Craigslist. The men then showed up at a hotel to meet the fictional underage girls.
Hundley responded to the ad for commercial sex and went to meet the female at the Dickinson Hotel as he was directed. He was arrested there.
Hundley was one of 11 men charged in the November 26, 2013 sting. All were originally charged with sex trafficking of children or by force, fraud or coercion. One of the others arrested at the time was identified as Zachary Wolff of Pflugerville, Texas.