Not guilty plea in human trafficking case

The second suspect in a human trafficking case has pleaded not guilty in a Minot courtroom.

Forty-six-year-old Richard Spain entered a not guilty plea to a human trafficking charge Tuesday, according to court records.

Investigators say Spain and 37-year-old Andrea Beck convinced a woman to move from Nebraska to North Dakota to work as a waitress, and eventually pressured her into working in prostitution to pay bills and support a drug habit.

The pair is accused of placing ads on Backpage and setting the victim up on ‘dates’ with people in cities across the state.

Spain and Beck both remain in custody in Minot and will appear in court next on Feb. 27.

They each could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the Class A felony charge.