Sports Editor Charged With Human Trafficking

Bobby Abplanalp, the sports editor for a tiny North Dakota newspaper, was one of two men arrested this week for allegedly trying to pay for sex with a person known to be under 18 years of age.

Abplanalp and Aaron S. Collins were both charged with human trafficking, a Class A felony that carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. They're being held on $50,000 bond.

The Dickinson Press, a daily with a circulation of about 7,000 in a town about 100 miles west of Bismarck, was forced to include this line in its story about Abplanalp's arrest:

Advertisement

Abplanalp, 29, is the sports editor of The Dickinson Press.

The paper had hired Abplanalp just last month. He previously worked as the sports editor at the Cortez (Colo.) Journal.

[Dickinson Press | The Big Lead]