Press Sports Editor arrested in Bismarck
Dickinson's Bobby Abplanalp was one of two men arrested in Burleigh County on Wednesday and charged Thursday with the Class A felony of attempted human trafficking and attempting to knowingly pay for sex with a person under 18 years old, a criminal complaint alleges.
Abplanalp, 29, is the sports editor of The Dickinson Press.
The Class A felony carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Bond has been set at $50,000 cash. The investigation is ongoing.
The complaint states that Abplanalp acted with the culpability required to commit the crime of human trafficking and intentionally engaged in conduct which constitutes a substantial step toward committing the crime of human trafficking.
Abplanalp, who is originally from Utah, joined the newspaper in May after working as the sports editor of the Cortez (Colo.) Journal.
Another man, Aaron S. Collins, was charged with the same crime.