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Forum Communications, Published November 14 2012

Three plead not guilty to pimping teen in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS - The two men and a woman charged with pimping a 17-year-old girl to several men in Grand Forks in early 2011 pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the Class AA felony in state district court.

If convicted of trafficking an under-age girl, they could be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Amanda Stewart, 22, remains free on $10,000 bond. Joshua Harry, 27, and Travis Johnson, 29, remain in the Grand Forks County jail under $50,000 bonds.

Johnson also is charged with a felony corruption of a minor for allegedly having sex with the 17-year-old.

Prosecutors say Johnson asked the girl in late 2010 if she wanted to have sex with a 60-year-old man for “like, $600,” according to the affidavit of probable cause.

She first declined, but by early 2011 told Johnson she was interested. He coerced her into having sex with him, then introduced her to Harry and Stewart, who began taking her to appointments with potential johns. Harry advertised the girl online, investigators say.