(PORTLAND TRIBUNE) — Former Oregon Democrat House Speaker and current Clackamas College board member Dave Hunt was arrested by Portland police in an undercover sex traffic sting operation.
Contacted by the Portland Tribune earlier today, Hunt said, “I don’t think I should talk about that.”
As a legislator, Hunt was one of numerous sponsors of a bill criminalizing sex trafficking in 2007. In 2011, he also voted for the bill that created the crime for which he was arrested and cited.
The Portland Police Bureau issued a press release Saturday that said its Human Trafficking Unit had cited eight men in an operation conducted in April. Officers posted online decoy ads on known human trafficking websites, and the subjects who “contacted undercover police officers to arrange payment for sexual acts” were criminally cited on the charge of commercial sexual solicitation.
The release did not name those cited, but said the list was available on request. The Portland Tribune requested the list and received it Monday morning. It included “53-year-old David Hunt of Milwaukie.”
The Portland Tribune then requested and received the police report. The suspect has the same full name, date of birth and home address as the former speaker and current CCC board member. It said he was arrested and cited on April 28 by two Portland police officers at a Ramada Inn in Southeast Portland.
Former Oregon Democrat House Speaker and current College board member Dave Hunt has been arrested and charged For Human Sex Trafficking,
Hunt, voted for the 2011 bill that he is charged under.
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JUST IN – Former Democrat House Majority Speaker for the state of Oregon, Dave Hunt, was arrested and charged over human sex trafficking (Portland Tribune)
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