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10 people arrested in internet sex crime scheme in Oregon

Police throughout Oregon frequently conduct undercover investigations to find people who are supposedly breaking the law. Undercover investigations can often lead to criminal charges for anyone caught by police. In recent years, many of these investigations have involved the internet. In some cases, police pretend to be other people in order to get Oregon residents to commit a crime. Oftentimes, these online undercover investigations involve sexual conduct. In particular, the situations can involve police trying to get people to admit to sexual behavior that is illegal.

Recently, 10 people in Oregon have been charged in a sex trafficking ring because of their online behavior. In this case, police say that an operation targeted those who were trying to sell and buy sex online. Over the course of a four and a half hour long investigation 10 individuals were arrested. The people caught in this investigation were charged with a variety of serious crimes, including patronizing a prostitute, prostitution charges, giving false information and various drug possession charges.

These serious felony charges can result in a variety of penalties for the accused upon conviction. These penalties can include large fines, jail or prison time, probation and more. Felony charges can leave people with a permanent criminal record. With a criminal record, people may find it difficult to obtain stable housing or stable employment. In some cases, people can lose their right to vote, the right to own a gun and other rights.

As a result of these serious consequences, people who have been accused of felony charges -- like these sex crimes -- need to plan a strong criminal defense. In these cases, police behavior must be investigated in order to make sure that no person's rights of been violated.

Source: Statesman Journal, "Police arrest 10 in sex trafficking sting," Kaellen Hessel, Oct. 16, 2015

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