Troutdale man arrested for posing as firefighter also faced child sex charges in 2014

A 23-year-old Troutdale man who faced child sex charges in 2014 was arrested Wednesday night for posing as a firefighter in an evacuation area of the Eagle Creek Fire.

The suspect, Codey Cunningham, pretended to be a firefighter and tried to get clothing and gear from a firefighting crew, said Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese.

"We don't know what his intentions were, but certainly they were not good," Reese said.

Deputies located Cunningham after a short search and arrested him. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of theft by deception and a parole violation.

Court records did not list an attorney who could speak on Cunningham's behalf and he has not made an initial court appearance when most defendants are assigned public defenders.

Attorney Jonathan Thomas Sarre, who represented Cunningham for a previous arrest and conviction, could not be reached for comment. A telephone answering machine for his office did not allow callers to leave messages.

According to the Oregonian, Cunningham was accused in 2014 of sending naked photos of himself to a 12-year-old boy who had attended a camp where Cunningham had worked as a counselor in 2012.

Court records indicate Cunningham, who was 18 and a member of the Oregon Army National Guard at the time of the arrest, was convicted of luring a minor and attempted use of a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct.

Police are continuing to investigate this case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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