DANBURY, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man charged with recruiting young intellectually disabled and mentally ill men into a human trafficking ring and providing them to wealthy clients for sex has said he's willing to plead guilty.
Robert King, of Danbury, told a judge Wednesday that he would plead guilty in exchange for a 4 .5-year prison sentence.
Authorities say the 52-year-old King would ply the victims with drugs and then force them into prostitution when they incurred heavy debts. He's charged with trafficking in persons, promoting prostitution and tampering with a witness.
Plea negotiations appeared to have broken down before King spoke over his attorney in court and said he would take a deal.
King faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
He is due back in court Aug. 22.