Paul Petersen, a lawyer and former Arizona public official, was sentenced to six years in federal prison for his role in orchestrating an illegal adoption scheme involving pregnant women from the Marshall Islands.

Paul Petersen, an Arizona elected official accused of running a multi-state adoption scheme, looks on following an initial court appearance on charges filed in the state Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Salt Lake City. Prosecutors in three states say Petersen brought pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to the United States and paid them to give up their babies for adoption. He’s pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)