The U.S. Attorney’s Office charged Stennis in a sealed complaint on Jan. 2 and filed the indictment this week. He faces one count of sex trafficking by force and two counts of transporting individuals for prostitution.
Stennis is scheduled to appear in federal court in St. Paul for his arraignment on Feb. 6.
Stennis’ attorney, Paul Applebaum, said that he and his client have not yet had a chance to review the indictment.
“I can say, however, that Mr. Stennis is presumed innocent and has his own side of the story to tell at the appropriate time,” he said.
Stennis is being held without bond by the U.S. Marshals Service.
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Andy Mannix Star Tribune