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Former Oregon House Speaker and current Clackamas Community College board member Dave Hunt got caught up in an undercover police sting for sex trafficking. That is a bit ironic considering he supp0orted legislation making sex trafficking crimes illegal.
He served in the state legislature for 121 years including stints as majority leader and Speaker. He left politics years ago. He currently serves as president and CEO of Columbia Public Affairs, where he is also a registered Oregon lobbyist.
The Portland Police announced that they had arrested 8 men on solicitation charges but did not name them. But they did say the names could be provided by request.
Reporters at the Portland Tribune made such a request when they noticed Hunt’s name and after some checking decided he was the former legislator. They contacted Hunt who told them that he shouldn’t be talking to them.
The Human Trafficking Unit is one of its oldest units at the Portland Police Department. Due to both COVID-19 restrictions and months of nightly civil unrest, the unit has not been very active but they consist of 2 detectives, a sergeant and 4 officers. The unit is beginning to get back into the swing of things and will be increasing their missions.
Hunt’s attorney, Micheal De Munis, said:
“Mr. Hunt denies the allegations, but respects the criminal justice process and will refrain from saying more until he has his opportunity in court.”