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Bond set at $250,000 for Osawatomie man arrested in Topeka on human trafficking count

A 17-year-old Topeka boy also arrested in connection with the incident
David D. Spears, 51, of Osawatomie, was arrested Monday evening in connection with human...
David D. Spears, 51, of Osawatomie, was arrested Monday evening in connection with human trafficking in Topeka. A 17-year-old Topeka boy also was arrested in the same incident.(Submitted)
Published: Oct. 6, 2020 at 11:13 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Bond has been set at $250,000 for a 51-year-old Osawatomie man who was arrested in connection with human trafficking Monday evening in Topeka, authorities said.

The man, identified as David D. Spears, is facing two felony charges after traveling to Topeka to meet an underage female on Monday evening at a local motel, according to Shawnee County sheriff’s Deputy Abigail Christian.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Highway Patrol received information on Sept. 29 from a “concerned citizen” regarding the possible human trafficking and sexual exploitation of a child, Christian said.

On Monday evening, Christian said, Shawnee County sheriff’s detectives and officers with the Kansas Highway Patrol apprehended Spears as he allegedly was attempting to meet up with a 17-year old girl at a local motel.

Christian said the female victim was placed into police protective custody.

Spears was booked at 8:45 p.m. Monday into the Shawnee County Jail in connection with aggravated human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of a child, both of which are felonies.

Additionally, a 17-year-old boy from Topeka was arrested in connection with commercial sexual exploitation for transporting the victim.

Neither the 17-year-old boy nor the female victim was identified.

The incident remains under investigation.

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