MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Nevada man accused of human trafficking in North Dakota has pleaded not guilty.

Kevin Fleming, of Carson, City, Nevada, is accused of offering a 14-year-old girl for prostitution in Minot and Williston.

Defense attorney William Hartl argued in court Thursday that state lawmakers repealed the human trafficking portion of state law under which Fleming is charged, and that a new law didn't take effect until after the alleged crime.

Prosecutor Marie Miller called the argument ludicrous. District Judge Richard Hagar said he'd study it.

Tayari Meadows, of Las Vegas, also is charged with human trafficking in the case and has pleaded not guilty.

Police found the teenage girl at a Minot hotel in April 2015, after receiving a report about her from her mother in Las Vegas.