Joseph Ahre pleaded guilty to using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct

COURTESY: MARION COUNTY JAIL - Joseph AhreA Hubbard man arrested for planning to meet a 16-year-old girl in a shower room at a truck stop pleaded guilty in Marion County Court April 11. He was sentenced to 12 years and six months in state prison.

Joseph Ahre, 42, pleaded guilty and was convicted of two counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, online sexual corruption of a child and purchasing sex with a minor.

Ahre was arrested in June 2017 by Keizer detectives as he waited in a private shower at the Pilot Travel Center in Brooks. A Keizer detective posing as a 16-year-old girl arranged to meet with Ahre in exchange for money and marijuana, and reportedly received a payment for the meeting from Ahre through PayPal.

Ahre became a subject of investigation by Keizer detectives as result of a previous incident in which he was alleged to have had sexually explicit interactions with a teenage victim over Skype. Ahre reportedly admitted to investigators while in custody that he had similar online contact with other girls.

He had previously been sentenced to one year of probation for prostitution in 1997 in Multnomah County.

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