Matt Love, a prominent Oregon author and high school teacher, was arrested today on charges of luring a minor and official misconduct after being indicted by a grand jury.
The investigation came after police received a report that Love, 52, used a “explicit verbal description or narrative account of sexual conduct” to induce a former student to engage in sex.
His conduct, according to the indictment, occurred between November and May. Luring a minor is a class C felony. Official misconduct is a class A misdemeanor.
Love, according to police, was placed on administrative leave by the Astoria School District in May. Police said the girl involved in the case was not a former student at Astoria High School and does not live in the area.
Police asked that any current or former students who believe Love engaged in similar conduct or behavior with others contact Astoria Police Detective Thomas Litwin.
Jack Green, an attorney representing Love, said in an email: “We eagerly await the day where we will have the opportunity to show that Matt did not commit these crimes.”
Love posted $2,500 of a $25,000 bail and was released from Clatsop County Jail Friday, court records show. As a condition of his release, he is to have no contact with the girl or her family. His arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 30 in Circuit Court.
Love is a prolific author and editor and the publisher of Nestucca Spit Press. He is a frequent contributor to The Daily Astorian and Coast Weekend.
Love’s work has celebrated the Oregon Coast. The author, who moved to Astoria in 2013, has also frequently used his students as inspiration. He won the Stewart L. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award from Oregon Literary Arts in 2009.