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Correction: FBI-Human Trafficking Cases story

October 2, 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In a story Sept. 23 about FBI investigations in Montana, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the FBI is cutting its work on human trafficking cases by half. The FBI is reducing the time its lead agent spends on the crime, not the entire agency.

A corrected version of the story is below:

FBI to cut agent’s work on Montana human trafficking cases by half

FBI agent’s reassignment expected to cut in half the amount of he spends on Montana human trafficking cases

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) _ Officials say the reassignment of an FBI agent will cut in half the time its lead agent spends on Montana human trafficking cases.

The Billings Gazette reports the special agent who previously worked full-time on human trafficking will now commit half his time to other cases.

Penny Ronning of the Yellowstone County Area Human Trafficking Task Force says FBI Special Agent Brandon Walter will also work on cases in the state’s Indian Country areas.

Officials say Walter has focused on human trafficking since 2016.

Ronning says the change is “a blow” to Montana anti-trafficking efforts.

An FBI spokeswoman says it is not uncommon for agents to focus on different areas during their careers.

Officials say two state Division of Criminal Investigation agents will be dedicated to full-time human trafficking enforcement.