Fargo Police arrest alleged pimpFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - No one has ever been arrested on the charge of pimping in North Dakota ever before - until now.
By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - No one has ever been arrested on the charge of pimping in North Dakota ever before - until now. Police say 40 year-old Chad Lindley was recruiting prostitutes through the internet, acting as a sex trafficker for the area. That's not the only charge he's facing.
Police executed a search warrant at an apartment here in the 4900 block of 16th Ave. South, just west of Scheels. Inside they found more evidence against Chad Lindley being a pimp and anabolic steroids.
Lt. Joel Vettel – Fargo Police: "Other crimes come from this."
Forty year-old Chad Lindley is facing felony charges for Human or Sex Trafficking and drug possession. Lindley is a former state champion auctioneer and is listed as a member of the North Dakota Auctioneers Association.
Police say Lindley was targeting local women. They got a tip from an informant and tracked Lindley's ads, recruiting women through the adult section at backpage.com, a site similar to craigslist.
Lt. Joel Vettel: "We are not going to tolerate this."
Police say the number of escort ads has been quickly increasing in our area, and today is a prime example of why they've run those prostitution stings.
Lt. Joel Vettel: "People have been critical of us doing that often looking to and looking at prostitution as a victimless crime and we've shown and explained that it's not in our eyes and in our belief we it brings in a number of other things to our community that we just don't want here.."
Lt. Vettel says the department's biggest concern is pimps targeting minors for prostitution, he says that's an issue that follows this business. Human Trafficking is a class A felony that carries a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.