Talent city councilman arrested

Talent City Councilman and Downtowne Coffee House owner Dan Goyette has been arrested on suspicion he tried to take sexually explicit pictures of a girl in Ashland.

Goyette, 42, was arrested Wednesday at the Medford airport on a warrant charging him with attempting to use a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct. The warrant was issued after a Jackson County grand jury indicted him Aug. 24 on the felony charge.

Ashland Police Department Deputy Chief Corey Falls said his agency had been investigating Goyette since Aug. 5 but declined to give further details on the case, including the age of the victim.

Falls said at some point Goyette was tipped off to the investigation and travelled to Illinois. Ashland police arrested Goyette at the airport when he returned to Medford Wednesday.

According to the indictment, Goyette unlawfully and intentionally attempted to induce the girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct in order for it to be recorded or photographed.

Goyette was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $20,000 bail, but posted bail Thursday.

When reached by phone Thursday afternoon, Goyette said he had an attorney but that it would be premature for him to comment on the case at this time.

Both Talent Mayor Bill Cecil and acting City Manager Dale Shaddox said the City Council considered Goyette's arrest a personal matter and would not comment.

Shaddox said that under the Talent City Charter, the City Council can continue to meet and work under quorum even if one of its members is absent. He also stressed that Goyette is only alleged to have committed a crime.

Reach University of Oregon intern Mat Wolf at mwolf@mailtribune.com.

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