Former Oregon House Speaker, Dave Hunt, (D-North Clackamas) and other eight men were cited in an online sex trafficking sting by police on Saturday.
The Portland Police said in a press release that its Human Trafficking Unit put fake ads on websites in April to attract people who would pay for sex.
Hunt’s involvement was first reported by the Portland Tribune, which matched Hunt’s name, address and age with one of the men cited. On Monday, the paper reported Hunt’s arrest.
When the Portland Tribune contacted Hunt for a comment, he said, “I don’t think I should talk about that.”
His attorney, Michael De Munis, later followed up with the paper, saying, “Mr. Hunt denies the allegations, but respects the criminal justice process and will refrain from saying more until he has his opportunity in court.”
Hunt and seven other men were cited for commercial sexual solicitation, according to the bureau. The men were arrested individually when they arrived at the location agreed upon online.
Hunt served as a state representative for 10 years. For two years, he was the House majority leader and then served another two years as speaker. The Tribune revealed Hunt voted for the law that was used to conduct Saturday’s sex-trafficking sting.
Currently, Hunt is a board member at Clackamas Community College and the CEO and president of Columbia Public Affairs, a lobbying group.
On Monday, Clackamas Community college announced that Hunt would be taking a leave of absence from its Board of Education and promised to “take appropriate actions that serve the interest of our students and our community.”
Editors Note: Story “DAVE-HUNT-SEX-TRAFFICKING” corrected on 04.05.2021 11:25 had a typographic error in the headline. This is a corrected repeat.