Clinton Danner sentenced for pimping his wife
The Minnesota man who pimped his wife on the Internet pled guilty to the crime in Chicago yesterday. He'll spend two years in prison -- hopefully without online access.
Clinton Danner met his wife through their church, where he was a youth counselor. He was 27, known as a shady character trying to get his life back on track. She was a 17-year-old kid. He got her pregnant. They planned to get married. But there was no wedding.
Instead, Danner, 32, of Rockford, sent his wife through a nightmare of forced prostitution, selling her body to strangers in Minnesota, New York, Washington, Georgia and Illinois. He threatened to take away their three-year-old child if she did not do what he wanted. This went on for years.
Danner's wife finally called a sex trafficking helpline and helped authorities set him up. Deputies in Cook County, Illinois, arrested him at a Chicago Holiday Inn in March.
Yesterday, Danner pleaded guilty to pimping his wife. A federal court judge in Chicago sentenced Danner to two years in prison. The judge also ordered a two-year order of protection preventing him from contact with his wife, starting when Danner is released.
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