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Man arrested in teen sex sting

A Hubbard man is being held without bail after attempting to lure an underage victim to the Pilot Travel Center in Brooks with the intent of trading money and marijuana for sex acts.

J. Ahre

Keizer Police detectives arrested Joseph Ronald Ahre, 41, for multiple counts of sexual related crimes after foiling his plan to meet a female victim.

Keizer police detectives arrested Ahre at 12:41 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Pilot Travel Center as he waited in a private shower room for what he believed was a 16-year old girl.

Ahre thought he was going to personally meet the girl after communicating with her through text messages and making payment using PayPal, but in reality he was communicating with a Keizer detective who posed as the victim. Keizer police were made aware of Ahre’s activities after a prior allegation of similar contact with a teenage victim via Skype.

Ahre was taken into custody without incident and is currently being held for the crimes of using a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct, online corruption of a child, purchasing sex with a minor and luring a minor. He was transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility.

Due to the nature of the allegations against Ahre and his admission to having similar online contact with other girls, investigators are concerned there may be additional victims of whom they are not aware.

Anyone who experienced or is aware of concerning and/or inappropriate contact involving  Ahre is asked to contact Keizer Police Det. Ben Howden directly at [email protected] or 503-390-3713, ext. 3525.