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DANBURY, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man accused of recruiting young intellectually disabled and mentally ill men into a sex trafficking ring has pleaded guilty.

The News-Times in Danbury reports that 52-year-old Robert King, of Danbury, accepted a conspiracy charge on Friday in exchange for a 4 .5-year prison sentence.

Authorities say King would ply his victims with drugs and then force them into prostitution for wealthy clients when they incurred heavy debts.

Prosecutors say there could be hundreds of victims beyond the 15 identified by investigators.

King was previously charged with trafficking in persons, promoting prostitution and tampering with a witness.

He said in court that he disputes the allegations but accepted the plea deal out of respect for family members of the victims.

The deal also calls for 35 years of probation.

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