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.

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  1. nikki6

    But had this actually been a child he was soliciting; perhaps a judges child, the you know what would’ve hit the fan. 5 years is a short sentence and you know he will to prison and see parole after a month- and probably MAKE PAROLE.

  2. spk

    People who do things on a computer and think they can’t be caught are incredibly stupid. Why is this nation so obsessed with perversion of sex? Get a partner and be satisfied and stay out of loads of trouble. Good grief!
    Every day we read that one of the Kardashians has taken more clothes off. What’s the big deal? People are used to seeing people with no clothes on all over the place now. What’s the big attraction?

  3. yukonjack

    This is the problem ! 5 years is not crap! This dirt bag,
    Should be in for 15 to20 years +10 years prob and reg as a
    Sex offender for life then he might get the picture
    Light sentences don’t help

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