The Democratic former speaker of Oregon’s House of Representatives was one of eight men nabbed in a sex trafficking sting by polic
The Democratic former speaker of Oregon’s House of Representatives was one of eight men nabbed in a sex trafficking sting by police last month, a local newspaper reported Monday.
According to the Portland Tribune, which cited a portion of the police report, 53-year-old David Hunt was arrested at a Ramada Inn in Southeast Portland on April 28 and cited on a charge of commercial sexual solicitation.
Hunt declined to discuss his predicament when he was contacted by the Tribune, telling the outlet, “I don’t think I should talk about that.”
His attorney, Micheal De Munis, later told the paper: “Mr. Hunt denies the allegations, but respects the criminal justice process and will refrain from saying more until he has his opportunity in court.”
According to the Portland Police Bureau, officers posted fake ads on “known human trafficking websites.”
The eight men who were cited had contacted undercover officers to “arrange payment for sexual acts.”
On Monday, Clackamas Community College announced that Hunt was taking a leave of absence from its Board of Education and vowed to “take appropriate actions that serve the interest of our students and our community.”
Under Oregon law, commercial sexual solicitation is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in prison, a fine of up to $6,250 or both.
Hunt served in the Oregon legislature between 2003 and 2013, following now-U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley as both House majority leader in 2007 and speaker in 2009.
In an ironic twist, according to the Tribune, he co-sponsored a bill in 2007 that criminalized sex trafficking in Oregon and voted for legislation that created the crime of commercial sexual solicitation.
A spokesperson for the Portland Police Bureau contacted by the Post had no information about a possible court date for Hunt.