Newberg man nabbed in child predator sting
A Newberg man was apprehended on Oct. 17 as part of a child predator sting operation conducted by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Jonathan Arthur Hauck, 48, faces felony charges of luring a minor and first-degree sexual corruption of a child. He was also detained on a warrant for probation violation.
Hauck is one of nine men arrested after investigators posed on a variety of social media platforms and dating websites as 15-year-old boys and girls, according to a release from the WCSO.
"The men contacted undercover deputies online and were arrested after arriving at a location where they believed they would be meeting a child in person for sex," the release said, adding that multiple people "immediately ended their (online) conversations once they learned the person they were talking with was identifying as a child."
The sheriff's office, according to the release, regularly conducts undercover operations targeting child predators.
"Parents are encouraged to help their children be safe online and to be aware of the websites and mobile applications their kids are using," the release said, adding that the WCSO offers online safety education for parents and community organizations.
Hauck's criminal record stretches back at least 31 years and includes jurisdictions in Klamath, Deschutes, Joesphine, Multnomah and Washington counties. His rap sheet includes multiple traffic infractions, as well as driving while suspended, fourth-degree assault, harassment, driving under the influence of intoxicants, first-degree theft and failure to appear.
As of Monday morning, Hauck had not been scheduled for arraignment, nor was he indicted in Washington County.
Brandon Daily Perkins, 36, of McMinnville, was also caught up in the sting and faces the same charges.
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