Judge rules against Utah trucker accused in sex slave case

Judge rules against Utah trucker accused in sex slave case

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge will allow a jury to hear allegations that a Utah truck driver accused of keeping two women as sex slaves in his semitrailer had four previous victims.

U.S. District Judge David Nuffer ruled Friday that there is no legal reason to toss out what the women said about Timothy Jay Vafeades.

The 55-year-old man is facing charges alleging that he kidnapped two women, ground down their teeth and repeatedly sexually assaulted them.

Additional allegations came to light after he was arrested last year. Some cases date back 20 years and prosecutors have said they are too old for more charges, but nevertheless show his intent.

Vafeades has pleaded not guilty to federal charges including kidnapping and transporting for illegal sex.

His attorney Vanessa Ramos could not immediately be reached comment.

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