Three men were arrested Wednesday on various charges in connection to an undercover online sex trafficking sting operation, according to the Eugene Police Department.
At 5:06 p.m., Aug. 2, an EPD detective was working a child prostitution sting operation and was contacted by Michael Joseph Watson, 30, of Eugene in concern to an ad placed online by the detective. The detective, posing as a 15-year-old girl, made arrangements to meet Watson at a Franklin Blvd. hotel. Watson arrived, and was arrested on a charge of first-degree online sexual corruption of a child. No booking photo of Watson is available at this time.
At about 10 p.m., police responded to a Franklin Blvd. hotel again in concern to an online prostitution ad, and exchanged information with a female subject who was involved. Police arrived and contacted the involved subjects, and learned Colby Russell Jongeward, 23, of Eugene, had helped arrange the meeting. Police investigated the matter and arrested Jongeward in a charge of promoting prostitution, and a warrant.
Just after 11 p.m., police went to a Franklin Blvd. hotel in regards to an online prostitution ad, and exchanged information again with an involved female subject. In this incident, police learned Jamari Dewayne Chapala, 20, of Portland, had helped arrange the meeting. He also was arrested on a charge of promoting prostitution and a warrant.