Once the men initially agreed to pay a fee to engage in sexual conduct or contact, the Oregon crime of Commercial Sexual Solicitation (ORS 167.008¹) was committed, and the men were arrested for a Class A Misdemeanor.
In February of 2018 and April of 2019, Benton County Sheriff's Office Detectives ran similar operations, in which they placed an advertisement on a social media site that led to the arrest of 17 men.
Detectives created a new advertisement this week. Over 100 persons responded to the ad to pay for sex with an early to mid-20-year-old woman. Of those, eight ultimately arrived at a local hotel and were taken into custody without incident.
With limited beds available at the Benton County Jail, the eight men were booked and released with citations.
Matthew Robert Veazie (36), of Corvallis John Namkyu Back (31), of Eugene Michael Leroy Moore (53), of Springfield Tim Jeffrey Koertje (55), of Albany Jacob Ashley Carley (44), of Eugene Matthew David Simmons (42), of Albany Daryl Leonard Staley (53), of Eugene Allen Michael Grudi (32), of Corvallis Detectives also seized a total of 8.57 grams of methamphetamine from four of the men.
This operation demonstrates again, how prevalent prostitution is in Benton County and Oregon. Prostitution is a dangerous criminal enterprise, closely related to human trafficking, narcotics, violence, and sexual assault.