A Camas man was one of four people arrested as part of an undercover operation by law enforcement aimed at addressing online sex trafficking.
Timothy Lyle Ringering, 49, was arrested during a Portland Police Bureau Sex Trafficking Unit undercover sting that was conducted from Oct. 24 to 28.
According to a press release, investigators posted online ads on known sex trafficking websites. Six men contacted undercover police officers to arrange payment for sexual acts. Investigators were assisted by a Portland hotel as part of the effort.
For investigative reasons, the sex trafficking unit does not publicly share the specific website, application or ad text.
The men who responded to the ad and came to the hotel were arrested and charged with the misdemeanor crime of commercial sexual solicitation.
In addition to Ringering, others arrested as part of the sting include Antonio Fernandez-Cruz, 22, of Vancouver; Michael Musumeci, 44, and Joshua Liber, 46, both of Portland; and Kuldip Sandhu, 34, of Yuba City, California.
Anyone who knows someone who may be involved in sex trafficking or is being exploited, can contact the Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Trafficking Unit at (503) 255-0118, the Sexual Assault Resource Center hotline 1-800-640-5311; the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 1-800-843-5678 or the cyber tipline: www.missingkids.org/CyberTiipline