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Hearing set for Backpage.com founder in case over sex ads

April 12, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — A hearing is scheduled Thursday over whether a founder of the classified advertising site Backpage.com should be released from jail on charges of facilitating prostitution and money laundering.

The hearing for James Larkin comes a day after a similar hearing began for the site’s co-founder, Michael Lacey. Lacey’s hearing will resume Friday.

Backpage.com is accused of publishing advertisements for sexual services and declining to adequately confront the problem.

The site’s founders have remained in jail after their arrests last week.

Authorities say Backpage.com knowingly published ads for sexual services.

Lacey, Larkin and other Backpage.com employees have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Backpage.com is a Dutch-owned company incorporated in Delaware, but its principal place of business is in Dallas.

Officials say Backpage.com keeps its bank accounts and servers in Arizona.

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