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Forum News Service, Published September 23 2013

Dickinson man to be prosecuted in federal court on human trafficking charge

BISMARCK - A Dickinson man charged with attempted human trafficking will now be prosecuted in federal court.

Pamela Nesvig, a senior assistant state’s attorney for Burleigh County, said she submitted a motion to dismiss Bobby Abplanalp’s case Friday because the U.S. attorney’s office was planning to prosecute the case.

Abplanalp, 29, was arrested June 14 in Bismarck and charged in Burleigh County District Court with the Class A felony.

Abplanalp appeared Monday before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Charles Miller, who set a two-day jury trial for November 26 in Bismarck.

Abplanalp’s attempted human trafficking charge is now one count of coercion and enticement, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme. The charge faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years in prison to a max penalty of life in prison.

Abplanalp was working as the sports editor for The Dickinson Press at the time of his arrest. He has since been fired.

The Dickinson Press is owned by Forum Communications Co., which also owns Forum News Service.