Suspect Pleads Not Guilty to Violating Mann Act

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Miss.
A man arrested after a woman walked into a Mississippi police station saying she had been abducted in Florida has pleaded not guilty to violating federal law governing transportation persons for prostitution.

Ruperto Moncillo Flores and Jacobo Feliciano-Francisco, also known as Uriel Castillo-Ochoa, were arrested June 27 after the woman told Hattiesburg police she had been abducted in Panama City, Fla.

The woman was a witness in a human-trafficking case.

Flores, of Lawrenceville, Ga., was indicted for violating the Mann Act. The charge is related to another woman who was located during the investigation. He isn't charged with the Florida abduction.

Flores pleaded not guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg. Feliciano-Francisco pleaded not guilty in Florida to kidnapping the victim.

Authorities are seeking a second suspect in the kidnapping.


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