Man answers escort ad, drives to cops training for sex trafficking investigations, police say

Rene Cruz Mesa was in his truck Tuesday outside the West Linn Police Department trying to find the 19-year-old woman he had arranged to meet for sex when a patrol car pulled up behind him instead, police said.

The 40-year-old Woodburn man had spoken to the teen twice after responding to an online ad placed sometime Monday night or Tuesday morning, said West Linn police Sgt. Mike Francis.

Cruz Mesa first called around 9:30 a.m., mentioned he was in West Linn for a landscaping job and told the teen about services he was interested in, Francis said. He called again around 1 p.m., agreed to meet but needed directions, and within 10 minutes was in his landscaping truck stopped alongside the police station.

He stayed on the phone with the teen as the officers pulled up and flashed their overhead lights, Francis said.

It turns out "the teen" on the phone was a police officer. And Cruz Mesa's calls were overheard by more than 30 law enforcement officers attending a sex trafficking training class at the West Linn Police Department.

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