Local police squash sex trafficking rumor
Prineville police responded Wednesday to social media rumors stating sex traffickers were in town with two juvenile girls, one of which had managed to escape.
In a news release, authorities acknowledged that they did take in a 14-year-old female runaway from the state of Washington this past Sunday who reported that she had been in the company of another 15-year-old girl who is on probation in Deschutes County.
According to Sgt. James Peterson, local police learned that both girls ran away from a drug and mental health treatment facility in Washington this past Saturday.
"We learned of a conversation that took place between the girls regarding how to obtain drugs with no money," Peterson stated. "That conversation between the girls led to one of them telling the other they could have sex to get money or drugs. There was no sex trafficking reported in Prineville or surrounding areas."
The girl that police took into custody was turned over to the custody of Oregon Department of Human Services, while the second girl is still at large and a warrant is pending for her arrest.
Peterson added that during a subsequent interview, disclosures were made regarding a possible sexual assault that had occurred in Deschutes County and/or possibly in Washington.
People are asked to provide any information on this matter to Det. Kathryn Bottoms or Sgt. Peterson at the Prineville Police Department. They can be reached at 541-447-4168 or on the department's Facebook page.