A 57-year-old man was arrested by Portland Police Wednesday on suspicion of attempting to lure a child online, according to a release from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB).
In early October, detectives with PPB East Precinct Sex Trafficking Unit received a report from the community of possible criminal activity involving Mark A. Chervin, 57.
Chervin was contacted by an undercover officer who posed as an underage female, after which police say Chervin contacted the undercover officer repeatedly with the intention of establishing a sexual relationship, believing the undercover officer to be an underage female.
According to police, Chervin had stated a desire to meet with the undercover officer for sexual purposes.
Chervin allegedly arranged a time and place in Southeast Portland to meet with the officer, and was taken into custody Nov. 8, 2017 by the PPB Sex Trafficking Unit.
Chervin is lodged in Multnomah County Jail on 20 counts of luring a minor, and charges of third-degree attempted sodomy, first and second-degree online sexual corruption and second-degree attempted sexual abuse.
Investigators believe there may be additional victims. If you have information regarding Chervin or are a victim, please contact the Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Trafficking Unit at 503-823-4867.
If you know someone that is a potential predator or a victim of this type of crime, please contact the Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Trafficking Unit at 503-823-4800, the Sexual Assault Resource Center hotline 1-800-640-5311; or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 1-800-843-5678 or via the Cyber Tipline: http://www.missingkids.org/CyberTiipline