Denver man gets 24 years to life for sex trafficking 15-year-old girl in historic conviction

A 24-year-old Denver man was sentenced Monday to 24 years to life in prison for sex trafficking a 15-year-old girl in the metro area, prosecutors say.

Matthew Weatherspoon was found guilty in May of human trafficking of a minor for sexual servitude, patronizing a child prostitute, pimping a child, pandering of a child and keeping a place of child prostitution. He also was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The case was tried in Arapahoe County, where prosecutors say it was the first to go to trial under Colorado’s 2014 updated human trafficking laws.

According to authorities, Weatherspoon came under investigation after the FBI’s Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force was tipped off by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to a girl who appeared to be advertising herself online.

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