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A Lancaster County district judge scolded a convicted pimp on Thursday and sentenced him to five to eight years in prison.

Judge Darla Ideus took issue with Darryl L. Nelson trying to minimize his involvement following his arrest in February.

Nelson had claimed he just was giving rides to women who were prostituting themselves.

"Your involvement is much more significant than that," Ideus said. "In reality, you were taking advantage of vulnerable people and were doing (it) solely for your own financial gain."

On Feb. 15, Lincoln police arrested the 28-year-old Omaha man in a sting.

An undercover officer had answered an online advertisement on Backpage.com and negotiated via text message to have sex with two women for $360, an investigator wrote in an affidavit to arrest Nelson.

When Nelson showed up with two women, police arrested him. He told them he was just giving the women a ride to his girlfriend's place.

But police said the women, both believed to be victims of human trafficking, had a different story. They said they were engaging in sex acts for money and that Nelson drove them, took at least some of the money and rented hotel rooms where they stayed.

Prosecutors initially charged Nelson with pandering, but he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in July.

At sentencing Thursday, Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Amy Goodro said one of the women involved had asked the judge to be lenient on Nelson and give him a second chance like she had received.

She was not present in the courtroom.

Nelson apologized for "not being a better man," and his attorney said Nelson wouldn't do "anything like this again."

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