Love pleads not guilty at arraignment

Matt Love appears in Clatsop County Circuit Court with his lawyer Tuesday for an arraignment on charges of luring a minor and official misconduct.

Matt Love, an Oregon author and high school teacher, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to luring a minor and official misconduct.

Love, 52, is accused of sending explicit messages to induce a former student to engage in sex.

He was arrested in July after being indicted by a grand jury.

According to the indictment, the alleged crimes occurred between November and May. Luring a minor is a Class C felony. Official misconduct is a Class A misdemeanor.

Police said the girl involved in the case was not a former student at Astoria High School and does not live in the area. The victim was under 18 at the time.

Love was placed on administrative leave by the Astoria School District in May. He resigned earlier this month.

About half a dozen of Love’s students came to Clatsop County Circuit Court Tuesday to support him. A few locals, including Gearhart counselor Maria Montes, a former student of Love’s, attended the hearing to show their disapproval of Love.

Jack Green, an attorney representing Love, said in court he is concerned about incorrect information being shared by the District Attorney’s Office. Green specifically cited an Oregonian article that indicated photographs were sent to the former student.

“It turns out that is not the case,” Green said. “That is actually an incorrect statement.”

Evidence in the case includes messages, not photographs.

Love, who appeared in court Tuesday, previously posted $2,500 of a $25,000 bail and was released from Clatsop County Jail after his arrest.

As a condition of his release, Love is to have no contact with minors, including the girl and her family.

Love is due back in court next month for an early resolution conference.