Arthur Chappell ran a multi-state prostitution ring. In the summer of 2007, he recruited two underage girls to prostitute for him. He sexually assaulted at least one of them and threatened her to force her to stay. He also forced one of the girls to engage in child pornography. Chappell was caught when the owner of a hotel where he was operating called the police upon her suspicion that he was running a prostitution enterprise.