Craigslist ads land 2 in jail for luring minors

Jeffrey G. Hicks, 38, left, and Edgar Martinez-Alcauter, 26, right, shown in jail booking photos provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.
Jeffrey G. Hicks, 38, left, and Edgar Martinez-Alcauter, 26, right, shown in jail booking photos provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Officers with the Portland Police Bureau arrested two men on allegations of luring a minor following undercover missions on Craigslist.

Tuesday, officers with the East Precinct Prostitution Coordination Team arrested a 27-year-old man after law enforcement posed as a 16-year-old boy. The suspect posted he was seeking to have sexual intercourse with a “young TEEN,” court documents state.

According to newly filed court documents, Edgar Martinez-Alcauter, 26, replied to an advertisement that officers had posted in the Craigslist “casual encounter” section.

Alcauter sent several sexually explicit replies to the undercover officers who were posing as a 16-year-old girl, court documents state. At one point, Alcauter started to text message the person he thought was the girl, an affidavit states.

When an officer texted: “and you don’t mind my age,” Alcauter reportedly replied: “No not really. I don’t care unless you do,” court documents state.

After agreeing to meet with the person he thought was a minor, Alcauter was arrested in Southeast Portland and charged with one count of luring a minor.

Meanwhile, Jeffrey G. Hicks, 38, is also facing the same criminal charge after he was caught in similar undercover sting, police said.

According to court documents, undercover officers located an ad that sought sexual activity. In the post the author wrote, “I dont (sic) care about your age….” It goes on to state that the poster was seeking a “young girl,” court documents state.

The undercover officer replied to the post via email and indicated that “she is 16, but has her sister’s ID,” court documents state. The officer, pretending to be a minor, told Hicks that “her parents will be out of town,” an affidavit states. During the conversation, Hicks reportedly made several sexually explicit comments, court documents state. On Thursday, Hicks contacted the person he thought was a 16-year-old girl and agreed to meet her, police said.

Officers arrested Hicks and when the searched his person they found a condom and lubricant, court documents state.

He was also booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on one count of luring a minor.

Both Hicks and Alcauter were scheduled to appear in Multnomah County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon.

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