A prominent member of the local athletic community was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of soliciting prostitution.
Andrew “Andy” Fecteau was taken into custody Saturday evening outside the Days Inn on Bend’s east side along with two women from Stockton, California.
The three are charged under the same statute, though Fecteau is alleged to have attempted to solicit sex for money. “He was the one going to pay for services,” said Bend Lt. Juli McConkey.
At 7:19 p.m., a person called police to report suspected prostitution at the Days Inn.
Fecteau, 53, was allegedly found in a room with one of the women. He was taken to Deschutes County jail. The two women — Menione Moore, 28, and Tanisha Hopkins, 33 — were cited with misdemeanors and released from custody.
Fecteau co-founded Rebound Physical Therapy in 1995 with his wife. He is no longer affiliated with the business, according to documents filed with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office. In 2016, Fecteau and a business partner founded Redbird Physio.
Fecteau is a former professional triathlete who frequently participated in local athletic contests such as the multisport Pole Pedal Paddle.
He has no prior criminal convictions.
Local law enforcement agencies occasionally stage prostitution stings, according to Matt Nelson, a prosecutor with the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office.
Those efforts are usually aimed at pimps or women engaging in prostitution against their will, Nelson said.
It’s not uncommon for defendants in prostitution cases to be from outside the area.
“We’re kind of a stop on a route between Portland and the Bay Area,” Nelson said.
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