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Keith A. Graves, 38, was arrested and charged with several counts, including human trafficking and Class AA felony gross sexual imposition.

Man accused of trafficking in oil patch pleads not guilty

BISMARCK, N.D. — A man who was featured in a documentary in the North Dakota oil patch and now faces sex trafficking and drug charges has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts.

Keith Graves entered his pleas Tuesday in federal court in Bismarck.

An indictment charges Graves with seven counts of sex trafficking by force or coercion. He also is charged with obstruction, distribution of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance.

Authorities say Graves beat some of his victims and forced at least one woman to perform sex acts on him.

Graves was one of the main subjects in “The Overnighters,” which won an award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It followed a pastor who opened his church to homeless oil workers.

Graves is representing himself. His trial begins in July.

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