Pleasanton man convicted in sex trafficking case

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) – A Pleasanton man arrested last summer in connection with a cross-state human trafficking operation was convicted on Thursday of soliciting prostitution.

Shawn Paitz, 49, Pleasanton, did not contest the charge and will be sentenced in March. The maximum penalty for a conviction is one year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.

Paitz was one of three local men arrested in August when investigators from the Kearney Police Department, Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol conducted a covert human trafficking operation to target and identify people soliciting prostitution in the Kearney area.

Charles Johnson, 69, Holdrege, was found guilty of misdemeanor soliciting prostitution and was sentenced to 16 days in jail and 12 months probation.

James Hahn, 56, of Hastings, was sentenced to 61 days in jail and 18 months probation for soliciting prostitution and a separate drug offense conviction.

This was a multi-state human trafficking operation conducted by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and the Missouri Highway Patrol, where agencies from 12 states participated in “Operation United Front”.

In the 12-state area, the operation led to 102 arrests and the rescue of 47 victims and sex workers, including two underage victims.

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