Former Democrat Oregon House Speaker Dave Hunt faces charges following an arrest during an April sex trafficking sting, according to the Portland Tribune.
Hunt and seven other men were arrested after clicking on fake ads posted by Portland police on popular trafficking websites.
The former house speaker was charged with commercial sex solicitation for contacting undercover officers to pay for sexual services.
The 53-year-old former state leader was “arrested at a Ramada Inn in Southeast Portland on April 28 and cited on a charge of commercial sexual solicitation,” according to the New York Post.
During his time in office, Hunt sponsored a bill to fight sex trafficking in 2007. He also voted for the bill that made sexual solicitation illegal in 2011.
Hunt served in the Oregon House from 2003 to 2013. After leaving office, he was president for Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition for five years and as senior vice-president of Strategies 360 for three years, according to the Portland Tribune.
He currently serves as president and CEO of Columbia Public Affairs.
Clackamas Community College announced on Monday that Hunt was taking a leave of absence from its Board of Education.