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Man pleads guilty in Ashland forced labor case

5:29 PM, Jul 25, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBUS --  A man has pleaded guilty to charges he helped enslave and beat a mentally disabled woman and her daughter and steal her pain medication.

Daniel Brown was among four people charged with targeting and recruiting the woman in 2010 and holding her until October in a house in Ashland, 80 miles northeast of Columbus.

Brown pleaded guilty in federal court in Youngstown Thursday to a single conspiracy charge as part of a deal that requires him to cooperate with investigators.

Three other defendants have pleaded not guilty to charges alleging the woman was denied food, sexually assaulted and threatened with dogs and snakes.

Prosecutors say the woman was hit badly enough to require a hospital visit for pain medicine, which the defendants took from her.

The Associated Press

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