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Human Sex Trafficking Investigation Results in Indictment - 01/13/21

January 13, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced the arrest of 63-year-old John Ivezic as part of an ongoing human sex trafficking investigation.

Ivezic is charged with one count of sexual abuse in the second degree, one count of sodomy in the third degree, one count of sexual abuse in the third degree and one count of purchasing sex with a minor.

During this investigation, the Portland Police Bureau’s Human Trafficking Unit learned the identity of a person trafficking a young teenager. For privacy reasons, the teenager’s exact age is not being released.

In February 2020, the trafficker received a 10 year prison sentence. 

During the investigation, law enforcement identified Ivezic as someone who allegedly purchased sexual contact with the young teenager.

On January 8, 2021, the Portland Police Bureau located and arrested Ivezic.

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

This case is being prosecuted by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking Team, which includes two attorneys, an investigator and two victim advocates.

If you are involved in sex trafficking, or know of someone who is being trafficked, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or 9-1-1.

 

 

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

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

Attached Media Files: PR-21-07-John_Ivezic.pdf
David Arnold Cohron receives an 11 year prison sentence for child sex crimes - 01/11/21

January 11, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that 59-year-old David Arnold Cohron received an 11 year prison sentence after being convicted of child sex crimes. 

After a change of plea hearing, held last week, the court convicted Cohron of one count of attempting to use a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, one count of online sexual corruption of a child in the second degree, one count of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree and one count of encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree. 

During this investigation, law enforcement learned Cohron had sexually explicit online communications with multiple children across seven different states. 

Law enforcement determined Cohron encouraged and compelled each minor to send him sexually explicit photos, videos and other sexually explicit materials that the minors had self-produced using a texting application. During their online communications, all of the victims told Cohron their true age, making it clear they were minors.

Cohron used flattery, manipulation and other tactics, including threatening the victims in order to get them to provide him with sexually explicit material.

This investigation started in April of 2019 when law enforcement in North Carolina contacted the Portland Police Bureau about concerns that an unknown individual, later determined to be Cohron, was communicating with minors online for sexually explicit purposes.

“Children and teenagers, just like adults, are reliant on electronic communications more than ever because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of online apps available today continues to push social networking into new territory. While there are many benefits to these platforms, there are real dangers when people use these apps for explicit and illegal purposes. I am proud of the nationwide law enforcement effort involved in this case to identify the suspect, collect the digital evidence and have the case submitted for prosecution,” said Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt. 

This case was prosecuted by Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney BJ Park. The case was investigated by the Portland Police Bureau’s Family Services Division/Child Abuse Team.

 

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

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

Attached Media Files: PR-21-04-David_Arnold_Cohron.pdf
DA's Office to Continue Limited Operations After Sprinkler Head Ruptures at Courthouse - 01/10/21

January 10, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office continues to work with numerous stakeholders after a sprinkler head ruptured at the Multnomah County Central Courthouse.

The District Attorney’s Office wants the community to be aware of the following:

  • The Multnomah County Central Courthouse, located at 1200 Southwest 1st Avenue, will remain closed to the public on Monday, January 11 and Tuesday, January 12, 2021.
  • The Multnomah County Central Courthouse is expected to re-open for public business on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
  • All court hearings, including grand jury proceedings, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday have been canceled and will be set over to Wednesday January 13, 2021, or later.
  • The Multnomah County East Courthouse (Gresham), the Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Center (Portland) and the Multnomah County Justice Center (Portland) will operate as scheduled on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Members of the Multnomah County Grand Jury and any person with a Grand Jury subpoena for 1/11 and 1/12 matters should not report to the Multnomah County Central Courthouse on either Monday or Tuesday of this week.   
  • The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office will continue to provide services and support to victims through its Victim’s Assistance Program.

Resources:

 

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

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

Reward Still Offered to Solve the 2018 Murder of Cody Oller - 01/08/21

January 8, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and the Portland Police Bureau are asking the public for information to help solve the murder of Cody Oller.

“Cody was just 25 years old. He moved here from Kansas to live with his sister. He worked at a hotel in downtown. His life here in Portland was just beginning. He had a job and strong family support. We believe there are people either in Portland, Kansas or Missouri who have information about Cody’s death. If that’s you, please come forward,” said Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt.

This investigation started on January 8, 2018 when officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct responded to a report of gunfire at Fernhill Park, located in the 6000 block of Northeast 37th Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and located Cody lying on the ground inside the park.

Responding emergency medical personnel determined that Cody was deceased. The Oregon State Medical Examiner later determined that Cody’s death was the result of a gunshot wound and ruled the death a homicide.

Despite the ongoing investigative follow up being conducted on this case, there is no suspect information.

Oller's family has pledged a reward of $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Oller's death.

Anyone with information about Cody’s death is asked to contact Portland Police Detective Scott Broughton at 503-823-3774 or roughton@portlandoregon.gov">Scott.Broughton@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Rico Beniga at 503-823-0457 or ico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov">Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov.

To be considered for the $20,000 reward, persons with information must contact the primary Portland Police Bureau detectives directly.

Media can view and download a short video statement from Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt by clicking here. The video includes new photos of Cody released by his family and b-roll of Fernhill Park in Portland, Oregon.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime.

Tips submitted to Crime Stoppers of Oregon are secure and untraceable. Click here to submit an anonymous tip.

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

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

Three individuals arraigned on protest-related indictments - 01/05/21

January 5, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that three people currently under indictment for separate criminal conduct that allegedly occurred during riots in Portland have been arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Additionally, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office also initiated a criminal case today against a fourth individual by filing charges related to an incident that occurred in June of 2020.

State v. Jett Evans

Evans is charged with two counts of burglary in the first degree, two counts of theft in the first degree and one count of felony riot.

Evans is accused of unlawfully entering the Louis Vuitton store, located in the 700 block of Southwest 5th Avenue, on May 29-May 30, 2020, where he stole two items with a total value at more than $2,000. These alleged crimes occurred during a riot.

Evans is also accused of unlawfully entering the Poor Mouchette jewelry store that was located in the 300 block of Southwest Alder Street on May 29-May 30, 2020. The store reported being looted during a riot in downtown. Evans is only charged with unlawfully entering the business. 

State v. Adam Layee

Layee is charged with one count of felony riot, one count of unlawful possession of a destructive device, one count of reckless burning and six counts of recklessly endangering another person.

On September 6, 2020, during a riot, law enforcement saw a person, later identified as Layee, light a mattress on fire, according to court documents. Later in the evening, officers located a bottle containing a liquid accelerant and fireproof gloves in Layee’s possession at the time of arrest. The bottle had a built-in wick.

The grand jury found that Layee recklessly endangered six separate people by creating a substantial risk of serious physical injury during the incident.

On this particular date, the weather was dry and hot, with significant and dangerous wind conditions throughout the Portland metro area. There was also a burn-ban in effect, due to the extremely dry fire conditions.

State v. Randal McCorkle

McCorkle is charged with one count of unlawful use of a weapon, one count of felony riot and one count of recklessly endangering another person.

McCorkle is accused of holding a tube at a 45 degree angle on July 4, 2020 and launching a firework toward officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s Rapid Response Team and a Mobile Field Force. This alleged incident occurred during a riot. Law enforcement located and arrested McCorkle. At the time of arrest, officers discovered additional fireworks inside McCorkle’s backpack.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office also initiated a criminal case today against a fourth individual by filing charges related to an incident that occurred in June of 2020.

State v. Charles Comfort

Comfort is charged with one count of resisting arrest, one count of interfering with a peace officer, and one count of disorderly conduct in the second degree.

This particular investigation started on June 26, 2020 when a large group gathered at the

Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct. Some individuals used pallets to create a wall and used dumpsters to block the street. The incident was declared a riot.

Several people were seen throwing apples and bottles at police, and using laser pointers against the officers. Law enforcement gave a dispersal order. Some individuals, including a person later identified as Comfort, refused to leave.

It is alleged when law enforcement entered the street to clear the roadway, Comfort got into a low position and charged an officer and used a shield to ram the officer. Comfort is accused of kicking an officer multiple times while law enforcement took Comfort into custody.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Evans, Layee, McCorkle and Comfort are all innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office continues to work with law enforcement to identify, investigate and prosecute criminal conduct, including property destruction and violence that have occurred during mass demonstrations. 

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

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

District Attorney Mike Schmidt's Inauguration Speech - 01/04/21

January 4, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt took the oath of office and provided brief remarks to our community.

A text-based copy of the District Attorney’s prepared remarks can be viewed by clicking here.

A video copy of the inauguration can be viewed by clicking here.

Photos from the event can be obtained using these links:

Please credit the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

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

Individual charged with destroying church property during riot - 12/31/20

December 31, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that a grand jury indicted 23-year-old Jarrod DeFerrari for allegedly destroying property at three separate locations, including a church, on November 4, 2020 in downtown.

DeFerrari, from Sunrise, Florida, is charged with one count of felony riot and three counts of criminal mischief in the first degree.

According to court documents, DeFerrari is accused of unlawfully and intentionally damaging and destroying property of Riverside Tobacco, St. André Bessette Catholic Church and Alco Properties.

This investigation started on November 4, 2020 when law enforcement responded to a large disturbance in downtown that involved people destroying property, including smashing out windows to private businesses.

Law enforcement reported seeing DeFerrari break multiple windows using a hammer that was inside his backpack, according to court documents. Law enforcement located and arrested DeFerrari in the 500 block of Southeast 10th Avenue.

The value of the property destroyed is alleged to be:

  • More than $5,000 at Riverside Tobacco;
  • More than $1,000 at St. André Bessette Catholic Church;
  • More than $1,000 at Alco Properties.

No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at this time.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. DeFerrari is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office continues to work with law enforcement to identify and investigate any criminal conduct that occurred during past mass demonstrations. This conduct includes assaults and property damage that have been recorded and posted online.

 

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

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

Attached Media Files: PR-20-205-Jarrod_DeFerrari.pdf
DA Mike Schmidt Statement on Gun Violence in Multnomah County - 12/18/20

December 18, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt released the following statement:

“We are experiencing a gun violence crisis that is leaving our community overwhelmed in fear and trauma. This cycle of brutal violence can never become normal or acceptable. The murders of this week have claimed the lives of five people including a husband, two fathers, a 16-year-old son, and last night a man witnessed his wife murdered in cold blood. Trying to fathom these senseless crimes and to understand the trauma inflicted upon the families of a murder victim is unimaginable. Our black and minority communities are regularly plagued, traumatized and impacted by disproportionate rates of gun violence. My office is committed to working and collaborating with everyone who is dedicated to ending this epidemic of violence.

 Let us remember those who have died in our community this year as the result of some sort of homicidal violence[1]:

Aaron Danielson,

Abdishukri Uren,

Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears,

Amber Marie Coughtry,

Anthony Tyler McNaughton,

Benjamin Johnson,

Billy Lewnes,

Cassy Leaton,

Christopher Klein,

Cody Nicholas Vickers,

Darryl Antonio Lewis,

De'Andre Rouse,

DeAnnzello McDonald,

Derrick James Jensen,

Dhulfigar Kareem Mseer,

Dominique Marcel Dunn,

Elmer Hughes,

Erick Antelmo Torres Hernandez,

Eunice Castillo-Ross,

Evelin Navarro-Barajas,

Gabriel Elain Rivera,

Gus Komas,

Harold Andrew Major,

Huarleen Bain,

Ian Alexander Phillips,

Iryonna Bynum,

Jaelin James Scott,

James Allen Anderson,

James Richard Greenwood,

Jeffrey Sloan,

Jimmy Lee Melton,

Jordan Louis,

Julian Heredia,

Julio Montee,

Kenneth Lee Griffin,

Lasalle Jamal Shakier Jr.,

Lawrence Murphy,

Lee Hudson,

Lori Steltz,

Matthew Choi,

Michael Arthur,

Michael Epps Jr.,

Milo Raney-Hill,

Mister Ford,

Nadezhda Volobuev,

Najaf "Nate" Hobbs,

Noah Terry,

Safari Greenwood,

Sammie Lee West III,

Shai'India Harris,

Sharon Carr (Tate),

Shawn Fujioka,

Tashia Cobb,                       

Thomas Hammond,

Tod Alan Barker,

Tyrell Penney.

We must all work together to prevent another name from being added to this list.”

[1] This list, sorted alphabetically using first names, excludes the identities of two homicide victims so law enforcement can contact their family members.

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

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

 

District Attorney Mike Schmidt Statement on Ballot Measure 110 - 12/17/20

December 17, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. – District Attorney Mike Schmidt on Thursday issued the following statement on Ballot Measure 110, and announced the immediate implementation of reforms related to how Possession of a Controlled Substance (PCS) cases will be handled in Multnomah County.

“The passage of Ballot Measure 110 sends a clear message of strong public support that drug use should be treated as a public health matter rather than a criminal justice matter. Past punitive drug policies and laws resulted in over-policing of diverse communities, heavy reliance on correctional facilities and a failure to promote public safety and health. It’s time to move beyond these failed practices, expand access to treatment and focus our limited law enforcement resources to target high-level, commercial drug offenses,” said District Attorney Mike Schmidt.

Under Ballot Measure 110, people will no longer be arrested and jailed for the possession of small amounts of drugs. Instead, they will get the opportunity for a health assessment and be connected to treatment or recovery services, including housing assistance.

Because of the strong public support for Ballot Measure 110 and the need to conserve scarce law enforcement resources during a time of competing demands, the district attorney’s office will immediately change its practices relating to the handling of cases that contain a PCS charge.

A summary of the new practices can be obtained by clicking here.

A detailed explanation can be obtained by clicking here.

Ballot Measure 110 does not decriminalize the manufacturing or selling of drugs nor the possession of large quantities of drugs.

Commercial drug offenses will still be prosecuted and issued as a felony crime by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

The district attorney’s office worked with the local defense bar, treatment providers, the court and other community and criminal justice stakeholders to develop its new practices.

 

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

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