LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - A La Crosse man has pleaded not guilty to nine federal sex trafficking charges in Utah.
Prosecutors said 34-year-old Ontario Lowery and a 17-year-old female accomplice forced two women to travel between Wisconsin and California to engage in acts of prostitution in July of 2011.
Officials said the activity occurred in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Nevada, as well as in Wisconsin, California, and Utah.
An indictment in the case was unsealed this week in Salt Lake City. It indicated that the 17-year-old La Crosse accomplice was also charged – and she was not in custody at last word.