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    The Latest: Backpage founder’s bail hearing to resume Monday

    April 12, 2018

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a hearing over whether to release a founder of the classified advertising site Backpage.com on bond while he awaits trial on federal charges (all times local):

    2:45 p.m.

    A founder of the advertising site Backpage.com will remain jailed through the weekend on charges of facilitating prostitution.

    James Larkin underwent a hearing Thursday over whether to release him from jail.

    Magistrate Judge Bridget Bade says attorneys have agreed on the terms of release, but other details must be ironed out.

    The hearing will resume Monday.

    Larkin, co-founder Michael Lacey and five Backpage.com employees were arrested in what authorities say was a scheme to publish ads for sexual services.

    Four employees and the site founders pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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

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

    9:21 a.m.

    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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