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Federal trial begins for Williston sex trafficking suspect

BISMARCK, N.D. — A sex trafficking trial is underway in Bismarck for a man who was featured in a North Dakota oil patch documentary.

The Bismarck Tribune reports jury selection began late Monday afternoon after U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland rejected a request to delay the trial by Keith Graves, who’s representing himself.

Graves faces 11 charges related to sex trafficking by force or coercion, obstruction, and methamphetamine possession and distribution. Authorities say Graves beat some of his victims and forced at least one woman to perform sex acts on him. He could face life in prison if convicted.

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.

In related news, Man accused of trafficking in oil patch facing more charges.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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