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Jones pleads guilty to Woodbury sex trafficking charges

Tyree Jones (Photo courtesy Washington County sheriff’s office)

One of two men accused of running a sex trafficking operation in Woodbury pleaded guilty to a felony charge of aiding and abetting in the sex trafficking of an individual.

Tyree Erik Jones, 23 of Brooklyn Park, faces a maximum 15-year sentence. His sentencing is scheduled for July 14.

Woodbury police arrested Jones and Minneapolis resident Deno Williams at the Extended Stay America hotel in December.

Officers traced the two men through a post advertising a "2 girl special" on, according to a Washington County court filing.

Police linked the post to more than 200 other listings on Backpage, a website frequently used to advertise commercial sex.

Jones has a prior felony conviction in Ramsey County for trafficking an Iowa teen with Asperger's syndrome in 2012, according to court records.

Williams pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony aiding and abetting in the trafficking of an individual in May. He is scheduled for sentencing Jul 14.

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