REDMOND — On July 21, Martin Morin, 45, of Portland, reached out online to a female, who was actually an undercover detective with the Redmond Police Department, who identified herself as being 15-years-old, according to a press release.
During the interaction Morin acknowledged the female was 15-years-old and engaged in sexual conversations with her, the release said.Morin then arranged to travel to Redmond, with the intent to meet the underage female, provide her with alcohol, and to engage in sexual conduct, police allege.
The meeting was set for Tuesday, July 28, in Redmond’s Dry Canyon Park. However, instead of meeting the underage female, Morin was intercepted by police and arrested for Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the 1st Degree and Luring A Minor. He is in the Deschutes County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.
According to Oregon Law ORS 167.057 it is illegal for a person to use visual representation or explicit verbal description or narrative account of sexual conduct for the purpose of inducing a minor, if the difference in age is greater than three years, to engage in sexual conduct.
According to Oregon Law ORS 163.432 it is also illegal for a person 18 years of age or older to use online communication to solicit a child to engage in sexual contact for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of the person or another person and to offer or agree to physically meet with the child.
If one suspects a child of being a victim of abuse, you can make a report to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233); 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You may also report child abuse or neglect to your local police department by calling dispatch at 541-693-6911 for non-emergency situations and 911 if it is an emergency.
If you would like to learn more about child abuse prevention please look at the KIDS Center, a child abuse intervention center, webpage, https://kidscenter.org/child-abuse-prevention/, for more information.