This lurid headline made the front page in 1956.
Tri-City white slaver convicted in Yakima
By the Herald staff
Published on June 7, 1956
A former Pasco man with a previous Tri-City crime record was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in the federal penitentiary yesterday after a Federal Court jury in Yakima found him guilty of one of two counts of white slavery.
Sentenced on a charge of transporting a woman across the state line in violation of the White Slave Traffic (Mann) Act was Earnest Duke Arnold, one time Pasco resident.
Arnold's record before leaving the Tri-Cities in 1950 under police guard included a conviction and five-year sentence Jan. 4, 1950 when he appeared in Franklin County Superior Court on charges of living with a known prostitute, but not accepting her earnings.
During the same year, Arnold and Tarris Blaylock, Pasco, were arrested on charges of first degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon (second degree), after they allegedly seized Benjamin Franklin Collins, also Pasco, at gunpoint, and took him for a car ride. Both charges against the pair were later dismissed.
Yesterday, Arnold, who was free on $1,000 bail on a King County narcotics charge, wept openly in Federal Court while an all-male jury deliberated his case. After a 45-minute "huddle," the jury returned a "guilty" verdict, and Judge Sam Driver imposed Arnold's sentence.
Held on two white slavery counts, the one he was convicted on changed he transported Patsy Ruth McCandless, 23-year-old admitted prostitute, from Portland, Ore. to Dallesport in August 1955. The Mann Act sets penalties of up to five years prison and $1,000 fine, or both.
A charge that Arnold transported Mrs. McCandless back to Portland where she admitted she "turned tricks for money," was dismissed.
Arnold's tearful testimony was that he brought Patsy Ruth to Dallesport to work as a waitress at his trailer camp diner. He was found guilty, however, after jurymen upheld testimony that Mrs. McCandless practiced prostitution in Arnold's trailer camp and that Arnold got a share of the proceeds.
After sentencing, Arnold's counsel indicated he would appeal the case, and Judge Driver increased the ex-Pasco man's bail from $1,500 to $3,500 pending appeal. Arnold's case was the first on the court's spring calendar and the first white slavery case in the Yakima District Court in five years.