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Iowa man sentenced in SD for sex trafficking

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- An Iowa man convicted of commercial sex trafficking in South Dakota has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

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Fifty-nine-year-old Ronald Bonestroo, of Hull, Iowa, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier -- the same judge who last year overturned his conviction. Her decision later was reversed by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Bonestroo was accused in February 2011 of answering an online advertisement posted by police as part of a sting operation and trying to pay for sex with what he believed would be two 14-year-old girls.

Two other men were arrested in the sting. The Argus Leader newspaper reports that one committed suicide and the other pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

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