A former Democratic speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives was arrested last month for sex trafficking, police said.
David Hunt, 53, was one of eight men arrested in April in an operation that included officers posting decoy ads online, Portland police said. Hunt is accused of responding to advertisements to arrange payment for sex acts, police say.
He was charged with commercial sexual solicitation, a misdemeanor.
Hunt “denies the allegations but respects the criminal justice process and will refrain from saying more until he has had a chance to appear,” said his lawyer, Michael de Muniz.
Hunt sits on the board of directors of Clackamas Community College, who said on twitter that he “takes a leave” as of Monday.
He is a registered lobbyist in Salem, where from 2009 to 2011 he was Speaker of the House. Prior to that, he served as the House majority leader.
The Associated Press contributed.