Cops: Ex-LO school committee member sought sex with minor


Manuel Espinoza, 41, posted $5000 bail

Manuel Espinoza, March 30, 2021 (Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office)

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (Portland Tribune) — Manuel Espinoza, a Lake Oswego resident and former co-chair of the Lake Oswego School District’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access Advisory Committee, was arrested Monday, March 29, after attempting to have a sexual relationship with a female minor in February.

Espinoza, 41, turned himself in Monday after Clackamas County issued a warrant for his arrest. He was charged by the Clackamas County District Attorney’s office with three counts of luring a minor, second-degree attempted sex abuse and attempted furnishing alcohol to a minor.

The man … had been communicating with a 17-year-old child in an attempt to engage in a sexual relationship,” according to a press release sent by the city of Lake Oswego Monday evening. “When the incident occurred, Lake Oswego Police officers and detectives intercepted Mr. Espinoza at a local park as he was on his way to meet the victim with condoms and alcohol.”

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LOPD Sgt. Tom Hamann told the Review that Espinoza was not taken into custody when the incident occurred in February due to a medical issue that caused him to be hospitalized.

Espinoza posted bail of $5,000 on March 30, per court records.

On Tuesday, the school district confirmed that Espinoza was a former member of the DEI advisory committee. LOSD Director of Communications Mary Kay Larson said he resigned from his position as co-chair in late January to focus on his career.

No additional victims have been reported to the police at this time, but if anyone believes they were a victim to Espinoza, they are encouraged to contact the LOPD at 503-635-0238.

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