Minnesota man sentenced for human trafficking of girl, 17, in Kansas

A Minnesota man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 12 years in prison for aggravated human trafficking in Kansas.

Preston Sanders, 28, St. Paul, Minn., was sentenced to 147 months, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release. Sanders was found guilty in October by a Logan County jury of transporting a 17-year-old girl while knowing she would be used for sexual gratification by another person, Schmidt said.

The investigation was initiated after Sanders was stopped on I-70 in Logan County for a traffic violation. He also was found guilty of transporting an open container of alcohol, providing alcohol to a minor and driving on a suspended license.