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Robert Lee West sentenced to 23 years in prison for killing his wife on October 2, 2017 - 01/18/19

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JANUARY 18, 2019

Robert Lee West sentenced to 23 years in prison for killing his wife on October 2, 2017

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 29-year-old Robert Lee West received a 23 year prison sentence for killing Ms. Lila Streeter.

Multiple family members of Ms. Streeter addressed the court during Friday’s sentencing. Ms. Streeter’s sisters described her as “the heart of the family” who cared deeply about her family and friends. Her family remembered her as a devoted mother to three young boys.

"Lila was my special baby,” Linda Moore, Ms. Streeter’s mother said in court. "I know he's here today accepting responsibility but there is no explanation and no justification for taking her life. … There is nothing to be done today in court that could cure my pain. As a family, as a community, we will get past this and we will heal."

On November 20, 2018, West pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree constituting domestic violence and kidnapping in the first degree constituting domestic violence.

Ms. Streeter and the defendant were married at the time she was killed.

This investigation started on October 2, 2017, when officers with the Portland Police Bureau responded to a residence in the 17200 block of Southeast Alder Street in Portland, Oregon to conduct a welfare check on Ms. Streeter.

Upon arrival, law enforcement located evidence that suggested Ms. Streeter may have been injured. The officers attempted to contact the defendant who refused to comply with numerous requests to let them check on Ms. Streeter. A plan was developed to have the Portland Police Bureau’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) enter the residence and take the defendant into custody.

Law enforcement found Ms. Streeter in a bedroom. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of Ms. Streeter’s death to be blunt force trauma, which included injuries to her head, neck and abdomen.

By pleading guilty to manslaughter in the first degree, the defendant admitted that he recklessly, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, caused the death of Ms. Streeter. By pleading guilty to kidnapping in the first degree, the defendant admitted that he knowingly confined his wife, Ms. Streeter, without her consent, in their home for the purpose of causing her physical injury.

The family of Ms. Streeter was consulted and updated regularly throughout the plea negotiation process. They supported the case being resolved through a negotiated settlement.

This case was prosecuted by Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Traci Anderson, who supervises the Domestic Violence Unit for the District Attorney’s Office, and Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Devin Franklin.

The Domestic Violence Unit is responsible for handling domestic violence felony and misdemeanor cases. The DV Unit is also responsible for screening, issuing, negotiating, and prosecuting allegations of contempt of court for violations of a Family Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA) restraining order. The DV Unit is committed to stopping family abuse by proceeding with prosecution whenever legally possible.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

 

Attached Media Files: PR-19-21-Robert_Lee_West.pdf
Zachary Thomas Turner receives 16 year prison sentence for committing sex crimes against two children - 01/18/19

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JANUARY 18, 2019

Zachary Thomas Turner receives 16 year prison sentence for committing sex crimes against two children

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 24-year-old Zachary Thomas Turner received a 16 year prison sentence following a sex crimes investigation conducted by the Portland Police Bureau’s Family Services Division.

On March 8, 2018, the defendant pleaded guilty to rape in the first degree, sodomy in the first degree, attempted sodomy in the first degree and sexual abuse in the first degree.

By pleading guilty, Turner admitted that between March 2009 and March 2015, in Multnomah County, he raped and engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with a female child. Furthermore, he admitted to knowingly subjecting a second female child to unwanted touching and that he attempted to engage in deviate sexual intercourse with her.

During this investigation, law enforcement learned that Turner was a babysitter for the two victims. He is not related to either.

Turner was sentenced by Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Souede. During that hearing, a family member of the two victims spoke about the lasting trauma both victims will endure as a result of the repeated abuse.

Turner gave a full confession to law enforcement during the investigation, according to statements made during Friday’s sentencing hearing.

In court on Friday, the defendant apologized to the victims, admitted that he had taken advantage of his role as their babysitter, betrayed their trust “in the worst way possible,” and that he caused lasting physical and emotional trauma for the victims and their family.

Turner is now required to register as a sex offender.

This case was prosecuted by Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Amity Girt and the Multnomah County Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team, which includes representatives from local law enforcement, public schools, hospitals, courts, health departments, the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), and the Oregon Department of Employment Child Care Division.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team is responsible for reviewing and coordinating all child abuse and neglect cases in Multnomah County. The team also handles all child homicides, felony child physical abuse cases, felony child abandonment cases, custodial interference cases, and felony sex crimes where the victim is currently under the age of 18 and where the perpetrator is determined not to be a stranger to the child.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Anthony Curry convicted following a four-day human sex trafficking trial in Multnomah County - 01/17/19

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JANUARY DATE, 2019

Anthony Curry convicted following a four-day human sex trafficking trial in Multnomah County

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a jury unanimously convicted 54-year-old Anthony Curry of 23 counts of various sex crimes following a four-day trial prosecuted by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking Team (HTT).

The jury convicted Curry of one count of compelling prostitution, two counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, four counts of attempting to use a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, seven counts of sodomy in the third degree, eight counts of rape in the third degree and one count of attempting to commit promoting prostitution.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 14, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. with Judge Tom Ryan.

During trial, the state presented evidence that proved the victim was 15 years old at the time of the offenses. In July 2014, she was in Portland, Oregon waiting for a TriMet bus when the defendant drove past her, slowed his vehicle and circled the area. Curry stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road and started talking to her.

Curry convinced the victim to enter his vehicle and brought her to his residence in Multnomah County.

"Mr. Curry already had clothes waiting for her. He had alcohol and marijuana. His plan was to have sex with her that night,” Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney J.R. Ujifusa, who prosecuted this case, said during closing arguments.

The defendant immediately started grooming the teen for human sex trafficking, according to evidence presented at trial.

During this investigation, law enforcement located multiple photos of the victim taken by Curry. The first photo was dated July 19, 2014.

The jury was presented an evolution of photos that Curry took of the victim. In the start, the photos showed a normal 15 year old. By the end, “…you couldn’t even see [her] face. She's posed on a bed or a couch. There are photographs of her genital area so that those can be posted for strangers to look at online and contact her, to use her and pay her for sex," Ujifusa said during closing arguments.

The photos of the victim were posted on Backpage.com, according to evidence presented at trial. Additionally, the victim testified that Curry provided her with a fake ID so they could get enter local strip clubs.

The victim soon found herself dancing naked alongside adult women, according to testimony presented at trial. Curry would drop her off at the club and pick her up “with his hand out waiting for that money,” Ujifusa said during closing arguments.

On September 9, 2014, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence where they located a heavily-highlighted and studied book titled, "The Art of Seduction,” according to evidence presented at trial. The book included detailed information on how to manipulate and control individuals. The book explained how to locate potential individuals who can be highly influenced.

"And that's what Mr. Curry did. He hunted and he found [the victim],” Ujifusa said.

The jury acquitted the defendant of one count of sodomy in the third degree.

This case was litigated by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking Team, which includes two attorneys, an investigator and a victim advocate. Additionally, an attorney assigned to the MCDA gang unit is available to help prosecute cases and support the team as trafficking routinely intersects with gang violence.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the work of Beaverton Police Detective Chad Opitz, who is a task force officer on the Portland FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, for his work as lead investigator on this case.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office’s Human Trafficking Team works to protect victims utilizing a three-prong approach: (1) aggressively prosecuting those who traffic victims to sex buyers; (2) reducing demand for exploitation in all forms to include a dedicated focus on a reduction of sex buyers; and (3) ensuring adequate protection and support for victims of human trafficking.

If you are involved in sex trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or 9-1-1.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Attached Media Files: PR-19-19-Anthony_Curry.pdf
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Spencer Johnson receives 18 year prison sentence for killing Cory Lumber (Photo) - 01/16/19

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JANUARY 16, 2019

Spencer Johnson receives 18 year prison sentence for killing Cory Lumber

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that Spencer Thomas Johnson, 39, received an 18 year prison sentence for killing 48-year-old Cory Lumber.

Ms. Lumber's family has "made it abundantly clear that she was a kind, fun-loving person with a magnetic personality who easily forged friendships wherever she went,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Kelley Rhoades, who prosecuted this case. "The loss of her life has and will continue to affect everyone she knew.”

"Cory had an extremely good and caring heart,” her sister Deann Ruth-Lumber said as she spoke on behalf of the more than two dozen people who attended Wednesday’s hearing. "She would, when she could, go out of her way to help a friend in need. Cory always considered you her friend - even if there were short breaks in the relationship. …She always seemed to remember everyone's face, phone numbers and all the family history.”

On January 9, 2019, Johnson pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree with a firearm constituting domestic violence and unlawful use of a weapon constituting domestic violence. By pleading guilty, Johnson admitted that he caused the death of Ms. Lumber, using a firearm, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.

This investigation started on July 2, 2016 when officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau responded to the Misty Firs Apartments, located at 1538 Southeast 122nd Avenue in Portland, Oregon after receiving a report of a deceased woman inside a residence. Upon arrival, law enforcement and medical personnel located Ms. Lumber deceased.

Law enforcement arrested Johnson at the scene.

At the time of her death, Ms. Lumber and the defendant were living together in the apartment where the homicide occurred. The couple had only been in a relationship for approximately three months. Ms. Lumber moved in with the defendant about one month prior to being killed.

During this investigation, law enforcement learned the defendant was involved in an October 2015 domestic violence incident involving his former girlfriend.

In June 2016, Ms. Lumber had told others that she was unhappy in her relationship with the defendant.

Law enforcement learned that in the late evening hours of July 1, 2016, Ms. Lumber and the defendant got into an argument at the apartment complex. Witnesses reported hearing sounds of a physical fight and eventually sounds that were initially thought to be fireworks, but later determined to be gunfire.  

On the morning of July 2, 2016, the defendant woke up around 6:30 a.m., left his apartment and called his parents and reported Ms. Lumber was deceased inside the residence. Approximately 11 minutes after ending the phone call with his parents, the defendant returned to his apartment and called 9-1-1.

Inside the defendant’s residence, law enforcement, acting on a court-authorized search warrant, located six firearms, including the weapon used to kill Ms. Lumber, a .40 caliber handgun.

The family of Ms. Lumber was consulted and updated regularly throughout the plea negotiation process. They supported the case being resolved through a negotiated settlement.

If you would like to speak with someone about domestic violence prosecution, safety planning or other resources please contact the Victim Assistance Program for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at 503.988.3222.

This case is being prosecuted by Multnomah County Deputy District Attorneys Kelley Rhoades and Eric Collins.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Man receives 6.5 year prison sentence for uploading child pornography to social media website - 01/16/19

 

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JANUARY 16, 2019

Man receives 6.5 year prison sentence for uploading child pornography to social media website

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 39-year-old Michael Scott Miner received a six and a half year prison sentence for being in possession of child pornography.

During this investigation, law enforcement learned that the defendant used his smartphone to search for, download and duplicate numerous child pornography photos and videos.

“Michael Miner then uploaded these appalling images to a social media website and onto a cloud-based network,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney BJ Park, who prosecuted this case, said after sentencing. “Mr. Miner also organized his child pornography files into specific folders. These pictures and videos depicted infants, toddlers and other children being raped. The files Mr. Miner had on his electronic devices were particularly alarming; many of the children were recorded crying, trying to get away from their abusers.”

This investigation began when the Portland Police Bureau receive separate cyber-crimes tips from the two companies that Miner used to upload the images of child pornography. Law enforcement traced the IP address that was used to upload the images to the defendant. 

Law enforcement learned that in August 2018, Miner was being held in the Clackamas County jail on a failure to register as a sex offender case. Police seized his smartphone from his jail property and interviewed Miner, who admitted that he was sexually attracted to children.

On December 13, 2018, Miner appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Leslie G. Bottomly and pleaded no contest to two counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree.

On January 15, 2019, Judge Bottomly sentenced the defendant to 80 months in prison. He was ordered to register as a sex offender. Upon his release from the Oregon Department of Corrections, Miner will be on three years of post-prison supervision.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office remains committed to prosecuting individuals who manufacture, view, sell, trade or share child pornography.

“These are very serious cases and there is enormous harm done to the children who are exploited,” DDA Park said. “We will do everything we can to hold people accountable for this type of behavior. Every time an image or video of child pornography is shared, the person viewing that material is re-victimizing the child. This is a human crime and we are dedicated to protecting children.”

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the work of the Portland Police Bureau for their dedicated efforts of investigating these child exploitation cases.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Attached Media Files: PR-19-16-Michael_Scott_Miner.pdf
Man, 36, indicted following alleged stranger-on-stranger attack in the Pearl District - 01/16/19

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JANUARY 16, 2019

Man, 36, indicted following alleged stranger-on-stranger attack in the Pearl District

 

Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that on January 15, 2019, 36-year-old Jason Ray Stewart was arraigned on a 28-count indictment.

The indictment, which was filed on January 14, 2019, charges the defendant with 12 counts of burglary in the first degree, two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, one count of attempted sexual abuse in the first degree, two counts of attempted rape in the first degree, two counts of felony strangulation, one count of kidnapping in the first degree, one count of attempted kidnapping in the first degree, two counts of coercion, one count of felony assault in the fourth degree, two counts of menacing, and two counts of harassment.

This investigation started on January 6, 2019 when officers with the Portland Police Bureau learned about a disturbance in the Pearl District.

The indictment alleges Stewart unlawfully and knowingly entered and remained in an apartment complex in the 1500 block of Northwest 14th Avenue in Portland, Oregon with the intent to commit the crimes of rape, sexual abuse, menacing, and harassment.

During the attack, Stewart physically assaulted a woman, strangled her and attempted to rape her, according to the indictment. It is further alleged that Stewart did, by forcible compulsion, sexually abuse the victim multiple times during this criminal episode.

While being attacked, the woman reported she yelled for help when another resident stepped out of his apartment with a baseball bat, which caused Stewart to flee, according to court documents. As law enforcement arrived, they received information that the suspect had been chased out.

The indictment also alleges that Stewart attempted to kidnap a second female and attempted to rape and sexually abuse her.

A copy of the indictment can be obtained using case number 19CR01009 in the Oregon eCourt Information (OECI) system.

The defendant’s next court date is scheduled for February 25, 2019.

This remains an on-going criminal investigation and as such, no additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime. The defendant is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Attached Media Files: PR-19-15-Jason_Ray_Stewart.pdf
Man, 33, charged in connection with two attempted murders, one assault in Portland, Oregon - 01/16/19

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JANUARY 16, 2019

Man, 33, charged in connection with two attempted murders, one assault in Portland, Oregon

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that as part of a collaborative effort between the Neighborhood/Strategic Prosecution Unit for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and the Portland Police Bureau, 33-year-old Juan Sensational Dickens has been identified in three separate assaults, including two attempted murders.

In total, three separate indictments have been filed and allege three separate criminal episodes:  

  • Indictment No. 1 – Case No. 18CR81375 – was filed on December 17, 2018 and charges Dickens with one count of attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder, robbery in the first degree, assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and unlawful use of a weapon. Dickens was arraigned on this indictment on December 18, 2018.

According to court documents, on November 17, 2018, officers with the Portland Police Bureau responded to the area of Northwest 6th Avenue and Northwest Irving Street around 5:30 p.m. on reports of an assault. When law enforcement arrived, they located a male suffering from a stab wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital with profuse bleeding and as a result of the assault, had his spleen removed, according to court documents.

The victim told law enforcement that while he was having a conversation with several other people, the defendant confronted him, according to court documents. The victim reported he got off his bicycle in order to talk with the defendant when Dickens “produced a knife and stabbed the victim on the left side” of his ribs, according to court documents.

After the alleged assault, the defendant fled the area, according to court documents. Law enforcement spoke with the victim who identified Dickens as the person who stabbed him, according to court documents. Law enforcement began looking for Dickens.

Dickens was arrested on December 7, 2018. Following his arrest, law enforcement learned of additional information that implicated him in two other assaults:

  • Indictment No. 2 – Case No. 19CR03536 – was filed on January 15, 2019 and charges Dickens with the August 17, 2015 attempted murder of a male subject that happened in the area of Southwest Natio Parkway under the Burnside Bridge.

 

  • Indictment No. 3 – Case No. 19CR03544 – was filed on January 15, 2019 and charges Dickens with assault in the first degree and assault in the second degree. According to court records, Dickens attacked a male subject on September 4, 2017 with a chain. The alleged assault occurred near the Burnside Bridge.

On January 16, 2019, Dickens was arraigned on the indictments filed under case numbers 19CR03536 and 19CR03544.

The defendant’s next court date is scheduled for January 28, 2019.

This remains an on-going criminal investigation and as such, no additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information about the defendant, or any other unreported assault, is asked to call the Portland Police Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) Officer Matthew Jacobsen at 503-250-4410 or via email at sen@portlandoregon.gov">Matthew.Jacobsen@portlandoregon.gov.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime. The defendant is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is being prosecuted by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Neighborhood/Strategic Prosecution Unit, which reviews cases that stem from neighborhood-specific concerns. The unit is primarily responsible for interfacing with the community over specific issues and handles all types of cases across the criminal justice spectrum from misdemeanors to homicides.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Woman sentenced to prison after stealing $167,240 from family-owned restaurant - 01/11/19

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JANUARY 11, 2019

Woman sentenced to prison after stealing $167,240 from family-owned restaurant

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 41-year-old Keeya Danielle Deshazo received a one year and five month prison sentence following a white collar crimes investigation conducted by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

On September 7, 2018, the defendant pleaded guilty to three counts of theft in the first degree. Sentencing was set over so the defendant could start preparing restitution payments.

This investigation started in April 2016 when law enforcement received a report of missing funds from the La Costita Restaurant in Troutdale, Oregon.

During the investigation, law enforcement learned that the restaurant suffered a total loss of $167,240. Detectives determined that the defendant, a former employee, took cash that should have been deposited into the restaurant’s bank account and placed those funds in her own private bank account. Investigators believe the theft of funds occurred for at least a year between 2015 and 2016.

Detectives recovered evidence during this investigation that showed Deshazo kept deposit slips as “IOUs” for the restaurant. Law enforcement determined Deshazo had a gambling problem.

“Addiction can have terrible consequences and this is a good example of that,” Judge Gregory Silver said during sentencing.

Deshazo was sentenced on January 11, 2019 and surrendered a $10,000 check for La Costita Restaurant. In addition to her prison sentence, Deshazo was ordered to repay the reaming balance of $157,240.

“The amount of money Keeya Deshazo stole from La Costita Restaurant had an enormous impact on this family-owned business,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Sam Leineweber, who prosecuted this case, said after sentencing. “The restaurant will feel the impacts of this theft for years to come.”

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office encourages all businesses to take steps to protect themselves from financial theft. It is important that businesses have redundancies in place to ensure proper accounting for cash, checks and credit/debit card transactions. All businesses should undergo routine financial audits that are conducted by a person or organization separate from the primary accountant. If employees are expected to handle cash, including making nightly deposits, businesses should ensure that there is more than one employee present during cash counts and drop off.

DDA Leineweber is one of the specially assigned a deputy district attorney who can prosecute complex financial crimes such as embezzlement and other fraud cases.

“Protecting the most vulnerable members of our community, including the elderly and people with disabilities and small businesses, is a priority of the District Attorney’s Office, which is why deputy district attorneys continue to receive ongoing training to prosecute fraud cases,” Leineweber said.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Child sex crimes investigation results in five-count indictment - 01/11/19

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JANUARY 11, 2019

Child sex crimes investigation results in five-count indictment

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a five-count indictment against 52-year-old Edward Stanley Rogers (AKA: “Ed Rogers” and “Ed S. Rogers”) was unsealed on January 10, 2019.

This case is being investigated by the Gresham Police Department and the Multnomah County Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team.

At this time, law enforcement, including the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, is requesting assistance from the public in determining whether or not there are additional victims of child sexual abuse.

The indictment against Rogers was filed on January 7, 2019 and charges him with five counts of sexual abuse in the first degree. It is alleged that during a three year period, the defendant, on multiple occasions, unlawfully and knowingly subjected a child to sexual contact by touching sexual or intimate parts of her body.

According to information developed and released by the Gresham Police Department, the defendant befriended members of a family, including a child, at a religious gathering in Multnomah County, which led to the conduct alleged in the indictment. 

Gresham Police believe the defendant may have potentially attended multiple faith-based locations throughout Portland, Oregon. Due to the ongoing investigation, the name and specific location of the organizations is not being released.

Gresham Police have learned that the defendant may have invited families with children to gather at his residence in Gresham, Oregon.

There is no indication that the defendant was a staff member at any religious organization.

On January 9, 2019, law enforcement located and arrested Rogers in the 600 block of Northeast 195th Avenue. He was subsequently booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Rogers was arraigned on the secret indictment on January 10, 2019 at the Multnomah County Justice Center, which is when the indictment was unsealed.

The named victim in the indictment is a child and media is asked to respect her privacy and refrain from contacting the family as this remains a pending criminal investigation.

The defendant’s next court date is scheduled for February 22, 2019.

Anyone with information about the defendant or this case is asked to call Gresham Police Detective Aaron Dressler at 503.823.0244.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime. The defendant is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Multnomah County Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team, which includes representatives from local law enforcement, public schools, hospitals, courts, health departments, the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), and the Oregon Department of Employment Child Care Division.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team is responsible for reviewing and coordinating all child abuse and neglect cases in Multnomah County. The team also handles all child homicides, felony child physical abuse cases, felony child abandonment cases, custodial interference cases, and felony sex crimes where the victim is currently under the age of 18 and where the perpetrator is determined not to be a stranger to the child.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Human sex trafficking investigation of convicted felon results in prison sentence for 31 year old man - 01/10/19

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JANUARY 10, 2019

Human sex trafficking investigation of convicted felon results in prison sentence for 31 year old man

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced 31-year-old Marvin Glenn Mitchell received a five year and nine month prison sentence following a human sex trafficking investigation conducted by the Portland Police Bureau.

On January 4, 2019, Mitchell pleaded guilty to two counts of promoting prostitution and one count of assault in the fourth degree constituting domestic violence.

Mitchell admitted that in March 2017 he intentionally engaged in conduct that aided, facilitated and promoted the sex trafficking of two females. Furthermore, Mitchell admitted that he knowingly caused physical injury to one of the females and that the assault was committed in the immediate presence of a child.  

According to court records, Mitchell was ordered to register as a sex offender after being convicted of promoting prostitution in 2010.

During this investigation, law enforcement learned that Mitchell first met one of the victims in 2006 when he was 18 years old. The victim was in middle school at the time. The two became involved in a romantic relationship.

“This was a vulnerable young girl and Marvin Mitchell took advantage of that fact,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Mike Botthof said after sentencing. “He started to groom the victim. He told her that if she helped him make money then he buy her nice clothing. That’s when he started to promote her into selling her body for sex on Burnside Street and 82nd Avenue in Portland.”

During Mitchell’s sentencing Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Karin J. Immergut said Mitchell’s actions “harmed two young women very seriously.”

As part of his sentencing, Mitchell was ordered to register as a sex offender. Upon release from custody, Mitchell will be on three years of post-prison supervision.

This case was investigated by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Human Sex Trafficking Team, which includes two attorneys, an investigator and a victim advocate. Additionally, an attorney assigned to the MCDA gang unit is available to help prosecute cases and support the team as trafficking routinely intersects with gang violence.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office’s Human Trafficking Team works to protect victims utilizing a three-prong approach: (1) aggressively prosecuting those who traffic victims to sex buyers; (2) reducing demand for exploitation in all forms to include a dedicated focus on a reduction of sex buyers; and (3) ensuring adequate protection and support for victims of human trafficking.

If you are involved in sex trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or 9-1-1.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Spencer Johnson pleads guilty to killing his former girlfriend in July 2016 - 01/09/19

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JANUARY 9, 2019

Spencer Johnson pleads guilty to killing his former girlfriend in July 2016

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced 39-year-old Spencer Thomas Johnson pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree with a firearm constituting domestic violence and unlawful use of a weapon constituting domestic violence for intentionally causing the death of 48-year-old Cory Jonell Lumber.

This investigation started on July 2, 2016 when officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau responded to the Misty Firs Apartments, located at 1538 Southeast 122nd Avenue after receiving a report of a deceased woman inside a residence. Upon arrival, law enforcement and medical personnel located Ms. Lumber deceased.

Law enforcement arrested Johnson at the scene.

At the time of her death, Ms. Lumber and the defendant were living together in the apartment where the homicide occurred, according to court documents. The couple had only been in a relationship for approximately three months. Ms. Lumber moved in with the defendant about one month prior to being killed.

During this investigation, law enforcement learned the defendant was involved in an October 2015 domestic violence incident involving the defendant’s former girlfriend, according to court documents.

In June 2016, Ms. Lumber had told others that she was unhappy in her relationship with the defendant, according to court documents.

Law enforcement learned that in the late evening hours of July 1, 2016, Ms. Lumbar and the defendant got into an argument at the apartment complex. Witnesses reported hearing sounds of a physical fight and eventually sounds that were initially thought to be fireworks, but later determined to be gunfire.  

On the morning of July 2, 2016, the defendant woke up around 6:30 a.m., left his apartment and called his parents and reported Ms. Lumber was deceased inside the residence. Approximately 11 minutes after ending the phone call with his parents, the defendant returned to his apartment and called 9-1-1.

Inside the defendant’s residence, law enforcement, acting on a court-authorized search warrant, located six firearms, including the weapon used to kill Ms. Lumber, a .40 caliber handgun, according to court documents.

Sentencing in this case is scheduled for January 16, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Christopher J. Marshall.

If you would like to speak with someone about domestic violence prosecution, safety planning or other resources please contact the Victim Assistance Program for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at 503.988.3222.

This case is being prosecuted by Multnomah County Deputy District Attorneys Kelley Rhoades and Eric Collins.

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Former delivery driver receives prison sentence for stealing hundreds of Amazon packages (Photo) - 01/07/19

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JANUARY 4, 2019

Former delivery driver receives prison sentence for stealing hundreds of Amazon packages

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced 34-year-old Heriberto Villarino-Zamora received a 1.5 year prison sentence and was ordered to repay $50,000 for stealing hundreds of Amazon packages.

On November 7, 2018, Villarino-Zamora pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated theft in the first degree.

This investigation started in December 2017 when detectives assigned to the Portland Police Bureau were working a concentrated mission on people suspected of selling stolen property using the website and smartphone application “OfferUp.”

As part of the investigation, a search warrant was conducted at a residence in the 1300 block of Northwest Wonderview Drive in Gresham, Oregon. During the investigation, law enforcement located two vehicles full of stolen packages sent from Amazon to addresses throughout Oregon.

At the residence, law enforcement located more than 200 packages either in the original Amazon shipping packaging or still in the original brand-new box.

“After law enforcement arrested Heriberto Villarino-Zamora, Amazon was able to see the very next day the number of package thefts occurring in the metropolitan area drop drastically,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Kevin Demer said after Monday’s sentencing.

The investigation resulted in law enforcement identifying approximately 300 victims throughout Oregon who had their packages stolen. Detectives determined Villarino-Zamora had stolen Amazon packages for several months prior to his arrest and that he purchased stolen packages from other delivery drivers.

As stated previously in court documents, the defendant, as a contracted driver for Amazon, would sell the stolen items using OfferUp.

It is difficult to determine the total value of packages stolen beyond what was found at the residence, but DDA Demer said the value is somewhere between $100,000 and $200,000.

This negotiated settlement was reached after the District Attorney’s Office reviewed mitigating factors to include the defendant’s lack of criminal record, his desire to cooperate with the investigation and his willingness to immediately accept responsibility for his actions.

Villarino-Zamora will be on two years of post-prison supervision upon his release.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the work of the Portland Police Bureau’s Detective Coordination Team for their dedicated efforts on this case.

Photos of evidence recovered during this investigation, which were previously filed with the court, are being included with this media release.

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Lucas Ebert sentenced to 17 years in prison for child sex crimes, elder financial abuse - 01/07/19

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JANUARY 7, 2019

Lucas Ebert sentenced to 17 years in prison for child sex crimes, elder financial abuse

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced 28-year-old Lucas Ebert received a 17 year prison sentence following an extensive investigation conducted by the Gresham Police Department and the Multnomah County Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team.

"In his lifetime, [Lucas Ebert] has left a depressingly long string of victims in his wake. Since his first felony adjudication in 2005, the defendant has victimized and financially devastated friends, family, strangers, customers and businesses,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Chuck Mickley, who prosecuted Ebert, said during Monday’s sentencing hearing.

An indictment filed in 2017 charged Ebert with sexually abusing a minor child and videotaping the abuse.

During that investigation, law enforcement discovered Ebert was operating a construction business without appropriate licensure. Law enforcement learned that Ebert was involved in a relationship with a woman who was older than 65, and determined he was committing elder financial abuse. A separate indictment was filed under case number 18CR2229.

The investigating detective concluded that Ebert had stolen approximately $175,000 from the adult victim.

On November 9, 2018, Ebert pleaded guilty to aggravated theft in the first degree, contracting without a valid license, identity theft, witness tampering, using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, four counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and one count of invasion of privacy in the first degree.

By pleading guilty, Ebert admitted that in June 2016, he unlawfully and knowingly committed theft of more than $10,000; that he agreed to perform construction work without a license from the Oregon Construction Contractors Board; and that he, with the intent to deceive, obtained the personal identification of another person to commit witness tampering.

Additionally, Ebert admitted that in April 2017, he unlawfully and knowingly induced a female, under the age of 14, to engage in sexually explicit conduct. Furthermore, Ebert admitted that he unlawfully and knowingly subjected the child victim to sexual contact by touching intimate parts of her body on multiple occasions.

In addition to his 17 year prison sentence, Ebert was ordered to register as a sex offender, pay $2,894 to CARES Northwest, Multnomah County’s child abuse assessment center and pay $60,000 in restitution and fines to three separate victims.

This case was investigated by the Multnomah County Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team, which includes representatives from local law enforcement, public schools, hospitals, courts, health departments, the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), and the Oregon Department of Employment Child Care Division.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team is responsible for reviewing and coordinating all child abuse and neglect cases in Multnomah County. The team also handles all child homicides, felony child physical abuse cases, felony child abandonment cases, custodial interference cases, and felony sex crimes where the victim is currently under the age of 18 and where the perpetrator is determined not to be a stranger to the child.

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Three defendants sentenced in criminal homicide of Shawn Scott Jr. - 01/04/19

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JANUARY 4, 2019

Three defendants sentenced in criminal homicide of Shawn Scott Jr.

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced the sentencings of three individuals who pleaded guilty for the criminal homicide of 17-year-old Shawn Scott Jr.

Kole Jones, 20, appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court on November 21, 2018 and pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree and attempted robbery in the first degree with a firearm. He received a 19 year prison sentence.

Miguel Thompson, 20, appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court on November 30, 2018 and pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the second degree and robbery in the first degree. He received a 13 year and nine month prison sentence on January 4, 2019.

Malique Kinnerly-Hicks, 18, appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court on November 18, 2018 and pleaded guilty to robbery in the first degree. He received a 7.5 year prison sentence that shall be served at the Oregon Youth Authority.

This investigation started on April 11, 2017 at approximately 4:30 p.m. when officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau responded to Holladay Park after receiving 9-1-1 calls about a shooting. Upon arrival, law enforcement located Mr. Scott suffering from a fatal gunshot wound. During the investigation, members of the Portland Police Bureau’s Homicide Detail were able to identify Jones, Thompson and Kinnerly-Hicks as the three suspects in Mr. Scott’s death.

“That kid who meant nothing to you meant everything to his little brother and sister, his mother, his family and friends. We all loved him and needed him. I cannot express the agony I felt that day when the police showed up to my door to tell me that you killed my son. I can never put into words the torment that I feel everyday knowing that my son is gone and he is never coming home,” Mr. Scott’s mother, Natasha Hunter, said in a statement read by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office during Thompson’s sentencing hearing.

Law enforcement reviewed surveillance video that showed the three defendants approach Mr. Scott who was standing near a tree in Holladay Park in northeast Portland, Oregon. The video shows Scott and Thompson speaking during what was determined to be a sale of alcohol. After the transaction, the three defendants start to walk away but immediately return and surround Mr. Scott. Jones is seen on video pulling out a handgun and pointing the barrel of the gun in the middle of Mr. Scott’s back. Jones assaults Mr. Scott with the gun by hitting him over the head, causing a round to be fired from the gun, which killed Mr. Scott. All three defendants ran from the scene. 

During the investigation, law enforcement learned that the defendants was planning to rob Mr. Scott of his designer belt.

“Junior was an amazing kid. He was the most loyal person I have ever known. He was the most generous person, he would do anything he could for those he loved. He was an irreplaceable friend that was always a shoulder to lean on and a support to anyone who needed it. He would always encourage others and do anything that he could to bring a smile to their face. He was always joking and laughing and full of energy, full of life. He was irreplaceable,” Ms. Hunter’s statement read.

This case was prosecuted by Multnomah County Deputy District Attorneys Elisabeth Waner and Tara Gardner.

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Attached Media Files: PR-19-8-Jones_et_al.pdf
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Jorge Beltran receives 12 year prison sentence for attempting to murder three teens in Gresham (Photo) - 01/04/19

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JANUARY 4, 2019

Jorge Beltran receives 12 year prison sentence for attempting to murder three teens in Gresham

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced 27-year-old Jorge Beltran received a 12 year prison sentence after a jury found him guilty in August 2018 of attempting to murder three people inside a residence on October 14, 2017 in Gresham, Oregon.

Trial began on August 28, 2018 and was presided over by Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Leslie M. Roberts.

On February 27, 2018, Beltran, 26, was indicted on three counts of attempted aggravated murder, three counts of attempted murder, three counts of unlawful use of a weapon and one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of assault in the fourth degree.

The jury found the defendant guilty on all counts except for the assault in the fourth degree charge. Additionally, the jury found Beltran is subject to an enhanced penalty for using a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Judge Roberts sentenced Beltran to 12 years in prison.

At trial, the State presented evidence that showed in the late evening hours of October 14, 2017 and into the early morning hours of October 15, 2017, the defendant shot into an occupied residence, specifically a bedroom, in the 2100 block of Southeast 185th Avenue in Gresham, Oregon.

At the time of the incident, the three victims were ages 16, 17 and 18 years old. Testimony offered at trial showed all three were inside watching SpongeBob SquarePants when five rounds were fired from the exterior of the residence by the defendant. 

Prior to the shooting, the defendant entered the residence where a physical altercation between he and the 16 year old victim ensued. The two other victims at the residence chased the defendant from the house.

During trial, the State presented evidence to show the defendant, a convicted felon, returned to the residence after the initial physical altercation with a pistol and started shooting into the residence.

"This case was about pride, it was about retaliation and it was about a calculated decision to return to the scene of an earlier argument and to attempt to murder the three individuals who had been involved in that argument,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Nicole Hermann, who prosecuted the case, said during closing arguments. "[Mr. Beltran] fired a pistol five times into that house. The majority of those [shots] focused on the northeast corner bedroom where he knew at least one member of that household lived and spent the night."

Hermann described the firearm Beltran used in the shooting as "a weapon that is clearly capable of causing death or serious physical injury and it was used in the manner in which it was intended.”

This case was investigated by the Gresham Police Department.

A photo that was entered as evidence, and received by the court during trial, is being included with this media release. It shows the one of the bullet holes that resulted after the defendant unlawfully fired his weapon.

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Portland Firefighter indicted on drug, weapon charges following December 20, 2018 arrest - 01/04/19

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JANUARY 4, 2019

Portland Firefighter indicted on drug, weapon charges following December 20, 2018 arrest

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a grand jury returned a three-count indictment against 44-year-old David Nick Lloyd.

The indictment, which was filed on January 2, 2019, charges Lloyd with unlawful possession of a short-barreled rifle, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of heroin.

The indictment further alleges that Lloyd knowingly possessed a usable quantity of methamphetamine and he possessed two grams or more of a mixture, or substance, containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.

As previously stated in the court record and by the City of Portland, at the time of his arrest, Lloyd was employed by Portland Fire & Rescue as a firefighter.

This investigation started on December 20, 2018 when an officer assigned to the Portland Police Bureau was patrolling a high vice area. The officer observed behavior associated with criminal activity and conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Southeast 81st Avenue and Southeast Stark Street, according to court documents. Lloyd was identified as the driver. The arresting officer was “nearly overwhelmed by the odor that he recognized to be heroin emanating from” the vehicle that he had stopped, according to court documents.

Law enforcement searched the vehicle and located a black semi-automatic pistol in a bag on the passenger floor board of the vehicle that Lloyd was driving, according to court documents. A K-9 unit with the Portland Police Bureau responded and assisted officers with locating suspected methamphetamine and heroin, according to court documents.

A small sawed-off .22 caliber rifle was located in the vehicle’s trunk during the traffic stop, according to court document. The barrel of the rifle “was extremely short and only extended approximately two inches past the stock and it had a pistol grip,” according to court documents.

On January 4, 2019, the defendant appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Melvin Oden-Orr at the Multnomah County Justice Center. His next court date is scheduled for February 22, 2019.

A copy of the indictment and probable cause affidavit can be obtained using case number 18CR84663 in the Oregon eCourt Information (OECI) system.

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Suspect in Christmas Day stabbing, robbery charged with attempted murder - 01/04/19

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JANUARY 4, 2018

Suspect in Christmas Day stabbing, robbery charged with attempted murder

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a grand jury returned a 15-count indictment against 19-year-old Saul Vela following a robbery and stabbing investigation that started on Christmas Day.

The indictment, which was filed on January 3, 2019, charges the defendant with attempted murder, assault in the first degree, unlawful use of a weapon, six counts of robbery in the first degree and six counts of robbery in the second degree.

The indictment alleges that on December 25, 2018, Vela unlawfully and intentionally used a knife to rob, assault and attempt to murder a person he previously did not know. The indictment also identifies two additional robbery victims.

This investigation started when Portland Police responded to reports of a robbery and stabbing on the MAX platform located at Southwest 1st Avenue and Southwest Oak Street in Portland, Oregon. Police arrived and located an adult male suffering from critical injuries, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Detectives assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s Robbery Unit responded to the scene and spoke with officers assigned to the Transit Division who located two of the suspects involved in the assault, according to court documents.

Law enforcement learned that the individual who was stabbed was waiting for MAX with two acquaintances, according to court documents. The group was approached by Vela and another individual. The two suspects confronted the group. The other individual with Vela pulled out a handgun, according to court documents. When one of the victims handed over his cellphone, he started to walk away but looked back and saw Vela attacking his friend, according to court documents.

The assault victim was stabbed multiple times, according to law enforcement.

Detectives located Vela near the crime scene and observed dried blood on his right hand, according to court documents.

Vela appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court on January 4, 2019 and was arraigned on the indictment. His next court date is scheduled for February 15, 2019.

This remains an on-going investigation and as such, no additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

A copy of the indictment and probable cause affidavit can be obtained using case number 18CR85414 in the Oregon eCourt Information (OECI) system.

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Attached Media Files: PR-19-6-Saul_Vela.pdf
Man sentenced to prison, ordered to repay $23,000 for posing as a doctor, claiming to have dying child - 01/03/19

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JANUARY 3, 2019

Man sentenced to prison, ordered to repay $23,000 for posing as a doctor, claiming to have dying child

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 36-year-old Michele Bocci appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated theft in the first degree by deception.

Judge Kathleen M. Dailey ordered Bocci to spend one year in prison and pay $23,000 in restitution.

During this investigation, detectives assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s White Collar Crimes Unit, learned that a woman gave Bocci a cashier’s check for $23,000 under the pretense that he would use the money to pay for chemotherapy, claiming his daughter was sick with leukemia.

“Michele Bocci was described as charming and very convincing,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Sam Leineweber, who prosecuted this case, said after sentencing. “Not only did he claim he had a very sick daughter, he presented himself as a doctor and as a single parent. He even lived his lie and would wear medical scrubs that he bought for less than $30.”

This investigation started in July 2017 when the victim reported to police that in approximately 2014, she was at a park in Portland, Oregon with her daughter. The two of them were speaking German. While at the park, a man, later identified as Bocci, initiated a conversation with the victim. He spoke fluent German. The two exchanged phone numbers but never spoke after meeting in the park.

According to information previously released by the Portland Police Bureau, Bocci called the victim in 2017 and said he needed to meet with her for an urgent matter.

“Michele Bocci then begged the victim for a quick loan to cover the medical expenses for his daughter who he claimed was dying,” DDA Leineweber said. “He promised to pay her back after he received the $1 million life insurance settlement he was expecting from his wife who he claimed had recently died.”

During the investigation, law enforcement learned Bocci has never been married and there was no insurance policy.

Eventually, the victim and her attorney found media reports detailing other cases, both locally and internationally, of theft and deception involving the defendant.

PPB Detective Liz Cruthers determined that Bocci had spent the money on “lifestyle” items. Police confirmed none of the money was spent on medical expenses as Bocci claimed. To date, law enforcement has been unable to verify whether Bocci even has a daughter.

The Portland Police Bureau’s White Collar Crimes Unit and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office encourages everyone to carefully research any person and/or organization soliciting money. If you choose to loan money, consider getting a payment plan in writing. Keep records of interactions with the individuals/organizations for whom you give money. Never give out any personal identifying information without verifying what the information will be used for. Additionally, contacting a trusted family member or friend for assistance in determining whether or not to give a person or organization money can add an “extra set of eyes” on a situation and help you avoid becoming the victim of a scam.

If you believe that you have been victimized, contact your financial institutions and local law enforcement immediately.  

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Attached Media Files: PR-19-5-Michele_Bocci.pdf
Indictment filed in December 18, 2018 vehicular homicide investigation - 01/03/19

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JANUARY 3, 2019

Indictment filed in December 18, 2018 vehicular homicide investigation

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 25-year-old Rachel Banks was arraigned on a three-count indictment in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

The indictment, which was filed on January 2, 2019, charges Banks with manslaughter in the second degree, driving while under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.

It is alleged in court documents that on December 18, 2018, Banks unlawfully and recklessly caused the death of another person by operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.

Late in the evening of December 18, 2018, a gray Subaru Legacy was traveling southbound on Interstate 205 just north of the Stark Street overpass in Portland, Oregon, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court. Multiple witnesses reported that the vehicle was in the center lane. It is alleged that Banks lost control of the vehicle, which crossed the emergency shoulder.

The vehicle crashed into multiple large construction barrels and subsequently slid into the side of a parked construction truck, according to court documents. The impact with the construction truck was primarily on the passenger side. The vehicle continued another 30 feet where it impacted a second parked construction truck.

The force of the crash and incursion resulted in the passenger, Calvin Biltimier, 21, being pinned inside the vehicle. Portland Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and removed the roof of the vehicle to pull Mr. Biltimier from the vehicle.

Biltimier was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in critical condition. He died on December 25, 2018, according to information previously released by the Portland Police Bureau.

Officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team responded and determined that Banks was high on some sort of psilocybin-type narcotic based on her behavior, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Banks remains in the custody of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. Her next court date is scheduled for February 19, 2019.

A copy of the indictment and probable cause affidavit can be obtained using case number 18CR84079 in the Oregon eCourt Information (OECI) system.

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Indictment alleges Portland man tried to lure minors into providing him sexually explicit material - 01/03/19

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JANUARY 3, 2019

Indictment alleges Portland man tried to lure minors into providing him sexually explicit material

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a Portland, Oregon resident appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court and was arraigned on a 35-count indictment following a child sex crimes investigation conducted by detectives assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s Family Services Division.

Mitchell Colton Taylor, 30, turned himself into the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office on January 2, 2019 after a warrant was issued for his arrest on December 28, 2018.

The warrant was the result of an indictment that charges Taylor with six counts of attempting to use a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, four counts of luring a minor, 22 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree and three counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree.

The crimes alleged in the indictment span from December 2017 through March 2018.

It is alleged in the indictment that Taylor, on numerous occasions, unlawfully and intentionally attempted to induce a child into participating in, and engage in, sexually explicit conduct. It is further alleged that Taylor unlawfully and knowingly furnished multiple minors with a description of sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of inducing the minors to engage in sexual conduct.

Furthermore, the indictment alleges Taylor unlawfully and knowingly disseminated, displayed, viewed and was in possession of multiple images and video files that depicted sexually explicit conduct involving children.

A copy of the indictment can be obtained using case number 18CR86407 in the Oregon eCourt Information (OECI) system.

The defendant’s next court date is scheduled for February 19, 2019.

This remains an on-going criminal investigation and as such, no additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime. The defendant is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

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Former substitute teacher receives 75 month prison sentence for sexually abusing third grade student - 01/02/19

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JANUARY 2, 2019

Former substitute teacher receives 75 month prison sentence for sexually abusing third grade student

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 54-year-old Dale Arnold Buckendahl, a former substitute teacher with the Reynolds School District, received a 75 month prison sentence for sexually abusing a third grade student.

In court on Wednesday, the victim said, “In the end, no verdict or sentencing will bring me back my childhood or my innocence. It won't compensate [for] the years I spent confused as a child wondering why me? …I come here today not as that helpless little girl...but as a mother with endless fears of sending out my own daughter into the world. We tell our children not to worry as we look for the monsters under the bed but the real monsters are people like [Dale Buckendahl] who are in our daycares, our schools and our churches. It's always people like him who hide behind the power and the title that they have and use it to take advantage and prey on the vulnerable."

A jury convicted Buckendahl on December 13, 2018 of one count of sexual abuse in the first degree.

At trial, the state presented evidence to prove that in 2008 Buckendahl was a substitute teacher for a third grade class at Alder Elementary School, located in Fairview, Oregon. In 2011, the victim, who was then in sixth grade, reported to authorities that a substitute teacher, in 2008, put his hands up her skirt and rubbed her bare leg in a sexual manner.

"The event consumed my life. I was never able to feel like a normal child again,” the victim said in court. “I wasn't able to have the typical experiences in school anymore because school to me was never about my education from that day on but instead about survival."

“[Dale Buckendahl] hid his conduct from the other students and rubbed the victim’s leg under a table,” said Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Amity Girt, who prosecuted this case. “The victim was nine years old and Buckendahl was 44 years old. He was a well-known substitute teacher at the time. The trust that is violated when a teacher touches a nine year old in a sexual manner should be self-evident.”

The trial, which started December 3, 2018, was presided over by Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Kelly Skye.

As part of its sentencing request, the state argued the court should consider a 2002 investigation into Buckendahl’s other alleged inappropriate conduct with students while at the Beaverton School District.

The jury acquitted Buckendahl of one count of sexual abuse in the first degree.

This case was investigated by the Multnomah County Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team, which includes representatives from local law enforcement, public schools, hospitals, courts, health departments, the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), and the Oregon Department of Employment Child Care Division. 

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team is responsible for reviewing and coordinating all child abuse and neglect cases in Multnomah County. The team also handles all child homicides, felony child physical abuse cases, felony child abandonment cases, custodial interference cases, and felony sex crimes where the victim is currently under the age of 18 and where the perpetrator is determined not to be a stranger to the child.

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Terry Hickman receives 17 year prison sentence for killing Dallas Boyd in July 2018 (Photo) - 01/02/19

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JANUARY 2, 2019

Terry Hickman receives 17 year prison sentence for killing Dallas Boyd in July 2018

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 58-year-old Terry Hickman was sentenced to 17 years in prison for killing 29-year-old Dallas Boyd.

During Wednesday’s sentencing hearing, Ms. Boyd’s family described her as a “fun-loving” and “spunky” mother of two.

"She was an amazing dancer but a horrible singer,” Ms. Boyd’s sister, Shanda Thurston said in court.

On December 3, 2018, Hickman appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Eric J. Bergstrom and pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree and attempted assault in the second degree. Numerous judicial settlement conferences occurred during the plea negotiations in this case. The family members of Ms. Boyd were always involved and voiced support for the proposed resolution.

"I just hope that none of us have to feel this pain again,” Lonnie Stephens, Ms. Boyd’s uncle, said in court.

Ms. Boyd’s fiancé, Michael Riggins, described her love of dance and music.

“Dallas was so full of energy,” Mr. Riggins said. “She was always smiling and making jokes.”

Mr. Riggins informed the court that both he and Ms. Boyd struggled with addiction and homelessness.

“Drugs and homelessness do not define Dallas,” Mr. Riggins said. “She was so much more."

This investigation started on July 20, 2018 when officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau were flagged down by a community member who reported she had information about a possible homicide that had recently occurred.

The body of Ms. Boyd was subsequently located inside a motor vehicle. An autopsy performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office found the cause of death to be asphyxia due to manual strangulation.

During the investigation, law enforcement learned that the defendant went to a residence in the 9000 block of North

Newman Avenue at approximately 11:30 p.m. on July 19, 2018 and knocked on the door.

The person living at the address has known the defendant for several years.

While at the residence, Hickman confessed to killing a person.

Detectives obtained information that led them to identify and later locate a motor vehicle of evidentiary value. A court-authorized search warrant was executed on July 21, 2018 and inside the motor vehicle, detectives located Ms. Boyd’s body.

As stated in court, law enforcement believe, based on evidence obtained in this case, that Ms. Boyd was killed on or about July 13-17, 2018.

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Child sex crimes investigation results in 11-count indictment - 12/31/18

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DECEMBER 31, 2018

Child sex crimes investigation results in 11-count indictment

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a grand jury returned an 11-count Jessica’s Law indictment against 33-year-old Jonathon Paul Rogers.

Jessica’s Law went into effect in 2006 and requires a 25 year mandatory minimum sentence for adults convicted of raping, sodomizing or sexually penetrating a child younger than 12 years old.

The indictment, which was filed on December 28, 2018, charges the defendant with one count of rape in the first degree, two counts of sodomy in the first degree, two counts of unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree and six counts of sexual abuse in the first degree.

The indictment identifies two female victims and alleges both were abused while under the age of 12. One victim was allegedly abused from 2012-2016; the other was allegedly abused from 2012-2018, according to the indictment.

This investigation started on December 11, 2018 when an officer assigned to the Portland Police Bureau gave a sexual harassment presentation to students at a K-8 school in the Portsmouth neighborhood, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

A female student told the officer that a person she knows had repeatedly touched her in a sexually explicit manner over multiple years, according to court documents. The officer reported the allegation to the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Multnomah County Child Abuse Team.

During the investigation, law enforcement identified a second female victim who also disclosed being sexually assaulted by the defendant, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Both children were taken to CARES Northwest, which is Multnomah County’s child abuse assessment center.

On December 19, 2018, the defendant met with detectives and admitted to sexually abusing both children, according to court documents. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.

On December 31, 2018, Rogers appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court and was arraigned on the indictment. His next court date is scheduled for February 11, 2019.

This case is being investigated by the Multnomah County Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team, which includes representatives from local law enforcement, public schools, hospitals, courts, health departments, the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), and the Oregon Department of Employment Child Care Division. 

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team is responsible for reviewing and coordinating all child abuse and neglect cases in Multnomah County. The team also handles all child homicides, felony child physical abuse cases, felony child abandonment cases, custodial interference cases, and felony sex crimes where the victim is currently under the age of 18 and where the perpetrator is determined not to be a stranger to the child.

This remains an on-going criminal investigation and as such, no additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Superseding indictment filed against Antonio Francisco Marquez - 12/31/18

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DECEMBER 31, 2018

Superseding indictment filed against Antonio Francisco Marquez

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 41-year-old Antonio Francisco Marquez was arraigned on a 107-count superseding indictment in connection with an ongoing child sex crimes investigation.

Marquez is on active military duty with the United States Army but was previously placed on suspension pending the outcome of the criminal investigation, according to information previously released by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

The superseding indictment, which was filed on December 28, 2018, charges the defendant with 26 counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, 35 counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, 44 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree and two counts of sodomy in the first degree.

Marquez was initially indicted on May 21, 2018 and charged with six counts of sexual abuse in the first degree. The indictment previously filed identified only one minor victim.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office conducted follow up on this case, which included obtaining court-authorized search warrants to inspect various pieces of evidence obtained during the investigation.

In December 2018, a grand jury heard from five additional witnesses who had not previously testified before the first grand jury.

The superseding indictment now identifies a total of three female victims all of whom were under the age of 14 when they were allegedly sexually abused by the defendant.

The superseding indictment alleges that Marquez, on multiple occasions, unlawfully and knowingly used all three victims in various displays of sexually explicit conduct to create visual recordings of child pornography.

The criminal activity alleged in the superseding indictment spans different dates from October 13, 2015 through May 11, 2018. 

On December 31, 2018, the defendant appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Melvin Oden-Orr and was arraigned on the superseding indictment. His next court date is scheduled for February 11, 2019. Bail in this case is set at $15,970,000.

As previously released by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Marquez was also a parent volunteer at Troutdale Elementary School.

The community is asked to call the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 503-988-0560 to report any additional information on Marquez, this case or to report previously unidentified victims.

Copies of the probable cause affidavit, the superseding indictment and other previously filed court documents can be obtained using case number 18CR31857 in the Oregon eCourt Information (OECI) system.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime. All defendants are innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This remains an ongoing criminal investigation and as such, no additional information can be released at this time.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Three people charged in connection with thefts totaling approximately $50,000 from Microsoft store - 12/27/18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     

DECEMBER 27, 2018

Three people charged in connection with thefts totaling approximately $50,000 from Microsoft store

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that criminal charges have been filed against three individuals who are accused of entering the Microsoft store in downtown Portland and stealing approximately $50,000 worth of electronics over a four month period.  

According to court documents, the three suspects have been identified as Michael Duane Shepherd, Seth Wyatt Colson and Natalie Nicole Pence.

This investigation is being handled by the Portland Police Bureau’s Detective Coordination Team and the Neighborhood and Strategic Prosecution Unit within the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

According to court documents, employees from the Microsoft store located at 300 Southwest Yamhill Street in Portland, Oregon have reported to law enforcement that multiple individuals have entered the store and stole laptop computers and other electronic devices, such as tablets.

On November 29, 2018, PPB officers monitored the store to see if any of the individuals responsible for the repeated thefts would reappear, according to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Nathan Vasquez. Law enforcement observed a person, later identified as Shepherd, enter the store. Shepherd matched the description of a person who previously stole electronics from the location. Law enforcement observed Shepherd take a laptop and exit without paying, according to court documents.

Law enforcement believe Shepherd is responsible for stealing from Microsoft at least 28 times, with a total loss of more than $20,000, according to court documents.

On November 29, 2018, employees from the Microsoft store called police and reported a person had stolen a laptop computer from the store. Law enforcement arrived and located Colson, who is suspected of stealing from the retailer on both November 26 and November 29, 2018.

Pence is accused of stealing from the Microsoft store multiple times in November 2018 with an aggregate loss of at least $10,000 in merchandise, according to court documents.

Copies of the probable cause affidavits and charging documents filed in this investigation can be obtained using case numbers 18CR79409, 18CR79425 and 18CR81830.

A charging document/indictment is only an accusation of a crime. All defendants are innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This remains an ongoing criminal investigation and as such, no additional information can be released at this time.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the Portland Police Bureau’s Central Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) and Central Precinct patrol officers for their assistance throughout this investigation.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us