Vancouver couple's trafficking case now federal

Pair allegedly took girl, 17, to Oregon to prostitute her

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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Federal charges have been filed against a Vancouver couple accused of sending a 17-year-old girl into prostitution.

Davonte A. Donahue, 21, and his wife, Torri Donahue, 22, were arrested April 15 in Beaverton, Ore., in connection with the human trafficking case.

Davonte Donahue faced charges in Washington County (Ore.) Circuit Court for compelling and promoting prostitution, eluding and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Torri Donahue was cited for promoting prostitution.

However, the case was transferred to the federal court system because the couple are accused of transporting the girl across a state line, from Washington to Oregon, according to court records.

On April 17, a federal grand jury indicted the couple on charges of sex trafficking of a minor and transportation of a minor for prostitution. Davonte Donahue also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The couple appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Delivery of girl

The couple allegedly dropped the 17-year-old girl off April 15 at the Comfort Inn in Beaverton, according to Beaverton police. She was supposed to meet a client there.

The suspects allegedly refused to stop when detectives attempted to pull over their vehicle at about 2:45 p.m.

They are accused of crashing into a detective’s car and a marked K-9 vehicle as they tried to elude police, Beaverton police said.

The vehicle then crashed into a privately owned vehicle before leaving the roadway and landing in a drainage ditch.

Davonte Donahue allegedly continued to run away from police, this time on foot. A police dog found him hiding inside a pink playhouse in a yard, police said.