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TOWSON, Md. -- A Cleveland man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Maryland on human trafficking and prostitution charges.

Thirty-five-year-old Bennie Veasey, of Cleveland, was sentenced Monday in Baltimore County Circuit Court. He was convicted by a jury in July. County prosecutors say Veasey lured a 19-year-old woman from Ohio into a prostitution ring and that she was coerced by Veasey to act as a prostitute and hand over her earnings to him.

Prosecutors say Veasey was using the money to pay off lawyer's fees stemming from a rape charge in Cleveland.

The woman was recovered during a sting operation conducted by Baltimore County police. Veasey's attorney says he plans to appeal and file a motion to modify the sentence. He declined to comment further.