- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) - Police have arrested a bedridden Oregon man accused of sexually abusing caregivers hired through Craigslist.

Newport police officer Brad Purdom said Wednesday that Mel Blose, 67, offered workers food, a phone and a room at his home in the unincorporated community of South Beach. They were allegedly threatened with eviction if they declined sexual contact.

Officials said four victims, male and female, have come forward thus far, but police expect there are many more.

Purdom says Blose’s assistant, Ronald Flinter, 46, helped hire the caregivers and spied on them.

The officer says investigators executed a search warrant and seized computers, cameras and pornographic images.

Blose has been charged with sex abuse, unlawful sexual penetration, human trafficking, harassment and subjecting another to involuntary servitude. Because of his condition, he was allowed to stay home instead of being lodged at the Lincoln County Jail.

Flinter was booked into jail on charges of trafficking, invasion of privacy and subjecting another to involuntary servitude.

Flinter’s attorney Adam Springer said he had no comment on the case. It was unclear whether Blose has an attorney.



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