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Man accused in North Dakota sex trafficking case wants judge to reconsider pretrial release


FARGO, North Dakota — A man charged in a North Dakota sex trafficking case is asking a federal judge to reconsider his decision to reverse pretrial release.

Ronnel Johnson has pleaded not guilty to two counts of transportation for purposes of prostitution, after he was arrested while allegedly on his way to the oil patch. Johnson appeared on Oct. 7 in federal court in Minnesota, where a magistrate judge ordered him to be released on electronic home monitoring.

In reversing the order, U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson from North Dakota wrote that there is "simply no combination of conditions" for Johnson's release that would ensure the safety of others. Johnson has numerous convictions for assault.

A federal public defender is asking Erickson to reconsider is motion and wants a hearing on the matter.

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