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      Man to be arraigned in RI teen sex trafficking

      Stephen Ardrey

      A Missouri man is due to be arraigned on charges he took a 17-year-old girl from Massachusetts to Rhode Island with the intent of selling her for sex.

      Authorities say 30-year-old Stephen Ardrey took the developmentally delayed girl from a library in Medfield, Mass., in September. She was found a few days later in Coventry, R.I., after someone saw her walking with him.

      Ardrey, of Springfield, Mo., signed a deal last week to plead guilty in federal court in Providence to trafficking a minor and transporting a minor to engage in sex.

      He is due to appear before a federal magistrate judge at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

      Ardrey has been in federal custody since his September arrest.

      The charges carry a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison.

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