Former Wichita massage parlor owner gets 5 years in prison
08/22/2014 12:38 PM
08/22/2014 12:42 PM
The former owner of Asian massage parlors in Wichita has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in a sex trafficking case.
Gary Kidgell of Waltham, Mass., shook his head as U.S. District Judge Monti Belot pronounced sentence Friday. He had choked back tears earlier in the hearing while requesting a sentence at the low end of the 51- to 63-month range.
The prosecutor argued for the higher sentence, citing Kidgell’s criminal history and tactics of subjugating women.
Kidgell pleaded guilty in May to obstruction of justice and harboring an immigrant living illegally in the United States.
Prosecutors say the Kidgell and his wife recruited Chinese women to come to Wichita to work at massage parlors, then coerced them into prostitution.
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