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Human trafficking case moved to federal court

BISMARCK - A Dickinson man charged with attempted human trafficking will now be prosecuted in federal court.

Pamela Nesvig, a senior assistant state's attorney for Burleigh County, said she submitted a motion to dismiss Bobby Abplanalp's case Friday because the U.S. attorney's office was planning to prosecute the case.

Abplanalp, 29, was arrested June 14 in Bismarck and charged in Burleigh County District Court with the Class A felony.

"We don't want to prosecute the same person for the same offense in two different jurisdictions," Nesvig said. "We work together to determine where a case can be handled best."

Abplanalp appeared Monday before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Charles Miller, who set a two-day jury trial for Nov. 26 in Bismarck.

Abplanalp's attempted human trafficking charge is now one count of coercion and enticement, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme. The charge faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years in prison to a max penalty of life in prison.

Abplanalp was working as the sports editor for The Dickinson Press at the time of his arrest.

He has since been fired.

The Dickinson Press is owned by Forum Communications Co., which also owns Forum News Service.