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Babysitter accused of sexually abusing a child - 04/24/19

APRIL 24, 2019
 

Babysitter accused of sexually abusing a child

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a grand jury returned a 43-count indictment against 33-year-old Stacy Lee Curtiss.

As previously released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, Curtiss is in-custody pending trial on an indictment, which was filed on January 25, 2019. That indictment charges Curtiss with 10 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree, 14 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree and one count of encouraging the sexual assault of an animal. Additional details on that case can be obtained by clicking here. 

In the new 43-count indictment, Curtiss is charged with five counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, seven counts of unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree, three counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and 22 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree. 

It is alleged in court documents filed April 23, 2019 that between the years of 2014 and 2019, Curtiss unlawfully and knowingly subjected a child, who was under the age of 12, to sexual contact and that he knowingly engaged in sexual intercourse with the child on multiple occasions. 

Additionally, it is alleged that Curtiss, in 2013, unlawfully and knowingly compelled the child to engage in sexually explicit conduct that was recorded. Curtiss is also accused of unlawfully and knowingly, and for the purpose of arousing his sexual desires, accessing, with intent, child pornography on multiple occasions. 

During the investigation into the alleged conduct of Curtiss, law enforcement learned that he was the victim’s babysitter and that he potentially the babysitter of other children in Multnomah County. 

The victim and Curtiss are not related. 

Curtiss was arraigned on April 24, 2019 in Multnomah County Circuit Court. His next court date is scheduled for June 4, 2019. 

This remains ongoing investigation and as such, no additional information shall be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. 

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime. Curtiss 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-19-92-Stacy_Lee_Curtiss.pdf
Ervan Herring convicted of attempting to kill rival gang member at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center - 04/23/19

APRIL 23, 2019

Ervan Herring convicted of attempting to kill rival gang member at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 45-year-old Ervan Herring was convicted of one count of attempted murder with a firearm, one count of attempted assault in the first degree with a firearm, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

This investigation started on February 18, 2018, when Portland Police responded to reports of a shooting in the emergency room parking lot of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

Upon arrival, law enforcement located six spent handgun shell casings as well as multiple bullet strikes near the public entrance to the emergency room, according to evidence presented at trial.

The co-defendant in this case, 43-year-old Michael Herring, is currently pending trial in U.S. District Court on gun charges related to this shooting investigation. He was aquitted on all state charges pertaining to this shooting. 

During the five-day trial, the state presented evidence to show that Ervan Herring and Michael Herring were at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on February 18, 2018, and that when the two men, who are brothers, saw a rival gang member in the parking lot, Ervan Herring retrieved the gun used in this crime from his brother.

In the interest of community safety, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office is not identifying the rival gang member who was the intended target of the shooting.

After the shooting, an independent witness reported seeing the suspect, later identified as Ervan Herring, run to a black Mercedes Benz and flee the area. The witness was able to provide law enforcement with the vehicle’s license plate, which came back to a rental vehicle in the name of Ervan Herring’s wife.

Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Nathan Vasquez, who prosecuted this case along with Deputy District Attorney Nicole Bockelman, told the jury that Ervan Herring and Michael Herring had a decades’ long “blood vendetta” against the victim in this case after the victim shot and killed Mario Herring, their younger brother, in 1997. That individual pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in the first degree and served a 16 year prison.

Sentencing for Ervan Herring is scheduled for June 28, 2019.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office will have no additional information to release until sentencing.

 

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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-19-91-Ervan_Herring.pdf
Abigail Kim receives 100 month prison sentence after jury unanimously convicted her of rape, other sex crimes - 04/23/19

APRIL 23, 2019

Abigail Kim receives 100 month prison sentence after jury unanimously convicted her of rape, other sex crimes

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 29-year-old Abigail Kim, a registered behavioral technician, received a 100 month prison sentence after being found guilty of raping her 13 year old autistic male client.

“Ms. Kim destroyed our trust and stole our son’s innocence,” the victim’s parents said in an impact statement presented to the court during today’s sentencing. “Her actions have impacted our whole family in innumerable ways. … Our family has been affected both emotionally and mentally. We can never get back the time lost nor remove the negative memories this incident has placed on our son.”

On March 4, 2019, a 12-person jury unanimously convicted Kim of one count of rape in the second degree, one count of sodomy in the second degree and six counts of sexual abuse in the first degree.

“Abigail Kim was convicted of eight felony sexually offenses against a child who was under the age of 14 when he was abused,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marrero, who prosecuted this case. “Abigail Kim not only knew of the victim’s age and disability, she was in a position of trust and authority over him. She had a professional responsibility that she violated by abusing him.”

During the 10-day trial, the state presented evidence that proved the victim was a 13 year old autistic male when Kim sexually assaulted him in the fall of 2017. Kim was employed as a registered behavioral technician and worked for a company that provided behavioral therapy to autistic children. The victim in this case was her client.

“This case is aggravated by the fact that when Abigail Kim was removed from the case, she attempted to shift the blame to the victim in an effort to protect herself,” DDA Marrero said.

Evidence presented at trial showed Kim previously obtained a master's degree in teaching with a specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Over the course of months, Kim developed a relationship with the victim, which resulted in significant sexual contact. The jury was instructed that they could not find Kim guilty of any crime unless they found her to be a willing participant in the sexual conduct.

As a treatment provider, Kim was a mandatory reporter of child abuse and had ethical obligations prohibiting sexual conduct with a client.

A presentence investigation report, which was authored by Multnomah County’s Department of Community Justice, recommended a sentence of 150 months in prison for Kim. As outlined in its sentencing recommendation, the state asked the court to sentence Kim to 200 months in prison.

Upon the conclusion of today’s sentencing hearing, Kim was taken into custody by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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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-19-89-Abigail_Kim.pdf
Grand jury indicts Javier Solis for murdering 25-year-old Charles Gaines - 04/23/19

APRIL 23, 2019

Grand jury indicts Javier Solis for murdering 25-year-old Charles Gaines

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a grand jury indicted 35-year-old Javier Solis for causing the death of 25-year-old Charles Gaines. 

The indictment charges Solis with one count of murder with a firearm, one count of unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm with a firearm enhancement. 

It is alleged in court documents that Solis, a convicted felon, unlawfully and intentionally caused the death of Mr. Gaines by using a firearm.  

According to information previously released by the Portland Police Bureau, this investigation started on February 18, 2019 when law enforcement responded to the 11200 block of Southeast Division Street on reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, law enforcement located Mr. Gaines suffering from critical injuries. Mr. Gaines was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office determined Mr. Gaines died of a gunshot injury. 

Solis was arrested on April 14, 2019 in the 11700 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard in Portland, Oregon. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment at 2:30 p.m. at the Multnomah County Justice Center, Courtroom #3. 

The arrest warrant affidavit filed in this case remains under seal. 

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has no additional details to release at this time. 

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime. Solis 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-19-90-Javier_Solis.pdf
David Revette receives 300 month prison sentence for sexually abusing child - 04/22/19

APRIL 22, 2019

David Revette receives 300 month prison sentence for sexually abusing child

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 34-year-old David Revette received a 300 month prison sentence after being convicted of sexually abusing a child on multiple occasions while she was under the age of 12 years old.

“David Revette was in a position of trust and authority,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Amber Kinney, who prosecuted this case. “He used his position to victimize this child for the sole purpose of satisfying his sexual desires.”

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Jerry B. Hodson found Revette guilty of two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and two counts of sodomy in the first degree for separate and distinct criminal episodes.

Under Jessica’s Law, the court was required to sentence Revette to a minimum of 300 months in prison. The state, based on the conduct of the defendant, requested 450 months in prison.

“David Revette chose a young, vulnerable and defenseless child,” DDA Kinney said. “The abuse was ongoing for many years, likely upwards of five years. This ongoing, repeated abuse caused many layers of damage and consequences to this child. David Revette has never shown empathy for the victim nor her family. He has never taken responsibility for his actions, nor shown any indication that he understands the damage that he has caused to the victim.”

“While this case is tragic, this child and her story will not be remembered in that way,” DDA Kinney said. “Rather, this child will be remembered for her incredible strength, bravery, and resilience.  Her courage in coming forward keeps her safe and other children in our community safe.  She is a hero.”

During trial, the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Revette touched and orally sodomized the victim multiple times. The abuse was ongoing for approximately five years, beginning when the child was approximately six or seven years old.

The trial in this case lasted five days.

Judge Hodson ordered Revette to serve 300 months of incarceration with the Oregon Department of Corrections with no early release. Once released, he will be on lifetime post-prison supervision. Revette will be required to complete sex offender treatment, and he will be restricted from contact with minors to include this victim.  Revette will also be required to undergo testing for sexually transmitted diseases and register as a sex offender.

This case was litigated by Deputy District Attorney Amber Kinney who is assigned to 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.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes that efforts to prevent and end child abuse occur each day. Members of the District Attorney’s Office and the Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team will participate in events throughout the month of April to raise awareness of child abuse. The Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team provides tremendous benefits through unmatched services and care to our community and system partners to effectively and efficiently handle child abuse, neglect, dependency and delinquency cases.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team is responsible for reviewing and coordinating 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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Attached Media Files: PR-19-87-David_Revette.pdf
Aggravated murder indictment filed against Logan Johannsen for the death of Gregory Isernhagen - 04/19/19

APRIL 19, 2019

Aggravated murder indictment filed against Logan Johannsen for the death of Gregory Isernhagen 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a grand jury returned a 25 count indictment against 26-year-old Logan Johannsen for the aggravated murder of 50-year-old Gregory Isernhagen.

The indictment includes 11 counts of aggravated murder, 10 counts of burglary in the first degree, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, one count of possession of a stolen vehicle and one count of theft in the first degree.

In court documents, it is alleged that Johannsen used a knife to intentionally cause the death of Mr. Isernhagen on or about April 8, 2019 in the 8100 block of North Jersey Street in Portland, Oregon. It is further alleged that Johannsen unlawfully and knowingly entered and remained inside Mr. Isernhagen’s residence with the intent to commit theft and to assault Mr. Isernhagen.

Additionally, the indictment alleges that Johannsen possessed and used Mr. Isernhagen’s vehicle without consent.

This investigation started on April 8, 2019 when the Portland Police Bureau responded to Mr. Isernhagen’s residence in the St. Johns neighborhood of north Portland to conduct a welfare check. Upon arriving at the residence, law enforcement located Mr. Isernhagen deceased.

The Portland Police Bureau, working with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, located Johannsen in St. Helens, Oregon and he was taken into custody without incident.

There is no probable cause affidavit filed in this case.

Johannsen is scheduled to be arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Monday, April 22, 2019 at approximately 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom #3 of the Justice Center.

This remains an ongoing investigation and as such, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has no additional information to release on this case.

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


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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-19-86-Logan_Johannsen.pdf
Ricardo Sanchez-Garcia receives 10 year prison sentence for sexually abusing two children  - 04/18/19

APRIL 18, 2019

Ricardo Sanchez-Garcia receives 10 year prison sentence for sexually abusing two children 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 56-year-old Ricardo Sanchez-Garcia received a 10 year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two young girls. 

This investigation started on July 9, 2018 when Portland Police were dispatched to the Safeway grocery store located in the 6900 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard after receiving a 9-1-1 call from an employee who reported that a man, later identified as Sanchez-Garcia, had sexually abused a 10 year old girl inside the store. 

While police were investigating the initial incident, they received a similar report of sexual abuse involving a six year old girl at the Goodwill store located in the 5900 block of Northeast 122nd Avenue.

Child abuse detectives obtained surveillance video from Goodwill that showed Sanchez-Garcia following the victim in a "predatory fashion." The video from Goodwill also showed Sanchez-Garcia masturbating through his clothing. 

In both incidents, law enforcement learned that Sanchez-Garcia had quickly, and intentionally, touched the girls’ genital area over their clothing. 

“Ricardo Sanchez-Garcia admitted that he would come up with ‘excuses’ to find himself in situations so he could sexually abuse these children,” said Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Amity Girt, who prosecuted this case.

When the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office initially reviewed the criminal case of Sanchez-Garcia on July 10, 2018, this office learned of a previously reported 2006 sexual abuse investigation involving Sanchez-Garcia. In that case, Sanchez-Garcia sexually abused a child who was known to him. In 2018, law enforcement contacted the victim who recalled the sexual abuse and wished to participate in renewed investigation. 

On April 18, 2019, Sanchez-Garcia pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree. One of the counts is for the victim who was sexually abused inside the Safeway grocery store. The second count is for the victim who was sexually abused in 2006. 

“Ricardo Sanchez-Garcia’s conduct was designed to be innocuous and inconspicuous so that his victims may not have initially realized that they were being sexually abused intentionally despite that abuse occurring during the middle of the day or an otherwise busy location,” said SDDA Girt. 

In court on April 18, 2019, the family of the victim sexually abused at Safeway and the victim from the 2006 sexual abuse provided impact statements to the court. 

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office was in regular contact with the victims of Sanchez-Garcia during the pendency of this case, and each victim and/or their family was consulted with prior to the pretrial resolution. 

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


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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director 
Phone: 503.988.6567 
Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Emily Tallman sentenced to four years in prison, ordered to repay nearly $230,000  - 04/18/19

APRIL 18, 2019

Emily Tallman sentenced to four years in prison, ordered to repay nearly $230,000 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 37-year-old Emily Tallman, a former loss prevention officer, received a four year prison sentence and was ordered to repay $229,714 in restitution after a jury found her guilty of stealing from Fred Meyer. 

On March 5, 2019, a jury convicted Tallman of 14 counts of theft in the first degree and seven counts of aggravated theft in the first degree.

This investigation started in early 2017 when the Gateway Fred Meyer store realized it was losing large sums of money from its self-checkout machines. 

At trial, the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Tallman, while employed by Fred Meyer, stole nearly $230,000 from the self-checkout machines between the dates of January 25, 2017 and June 21, 2017.

"This was not an isolated event. It was an absolute betrayal of trust,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Sean Hughey, who prosecuted this case. 

DDA Hughey told the jury that the thefts were occurring at "wildly different hours" over the approximate five month period.  

"These self-checkout machines have cash in them that is dispensed back to the customer as necessary," DDA Hughey said. “Emily Tallman used her position as a store employee to steal all of this money, and she was able to cover her tracks for months.” 

When these thefts occurred, Tallman was the loss prevention manager, and was the person Fred Meyer tasked with looking into the thefts.

After Tallman reported to the company that she was unable to determine how or why the self-checkout machines kept coming up short on cash, Fred Meyer had its regional loss prevention investigators start looking into the thefts. The company then realized Tallman was the one stealing the money.
 
A copy of the some of the surveillance video that was entered, and received by the court, as evidence during this trial is being included with this press release.  

Note: Reports that Tallman received a three year prison sentence are inaccurate. This was a four year prison sentence. As stated in court on April 12, 2019, Tallman received 36 months in prison on Counts 1-20 and on Count 21 received a 36 month prison sentence, of which 12 months shall run consecutively to the 36 months imposed on Counts 1-20 for a total of 48 months, or four years in prison. 

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director 
Phone: 503.988.6567 
Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Attached Media Files: PR-19-84-Emily_Tallman.pdf
Grand jury indicts Daniel Conner for the murder of 49-year-old Paul Mears - 04/17/19

APRIL 17, 2019

Grand jury indicts Daniel Conner for the murder of 49-year-old Paul Mears

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 38-year-old Daniel Conner was arraigned on a two count indictment that accuses him of murdering 49-year-old Paul Mears.

According to the indictment, Conner unlawfully used a knife to intentionally cause the death of Mr. Mears.

The indictment charges Conner with one count of murder and one count of unlawful use of a weapon. 

This investigation started on April 8, 2019 when officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau were called out to the area of Southwest Broadway and Southwest Alder Street on reports of an assault, according to court documents. When police and paramedics arrived, they located Mr. Mears on the sidewalk suffering from critical injuries, records state. 

According to a probable cause statement, law enforcement started searching the area for any persons involved in the incident. During the search, police located Conner near the intersection of Southwest 6th Avenue and Southwest Morrison Street. When he was contacted, Conner had blood on his gloves, jacket, hands and face. Police also located a bloodied knife when they arrested Conner, according to court documents. 

On April 17, 2019, Conner appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court and was arraigned. 

As stated earlier by the Portland Police Bureau, the family of Mr. Mears is requesting privacy at this time and is requesting that media refrain from contacting them.

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


#MCDA#


Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director 
Phone: 503.988.6567 
Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us
 

Attached Media Files: PR-19-83-Daniel_Conner.pdf
Russell Courtier and Colleen Hunt sentenced to prison for the racially motivated killing of Larnell Bruce Jr. - 04/16/19

APRIL 16, 2019

Russell Courtier and Colleen Hunt sentenced to prison for the racially motivated killing of Larnell Bruce Jr.

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 40-year-old Russell Courtier received a life sentence and 37-year-old Colleen Hunt received a 10 year prison sentence for the racially motivated killing of 19-year-old Larnell Bruce Jr.

Under Oregon law, the mandatory sentence for someone convicted of murder is life in prison. The individual convicted shall be confined for a minimum of 25 years without the possibility of parole.

In this case, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Jerry B. Hodson made legal findings and ruled that Courtier shall be confined for 32 years without the possibility of parole. Should Courtier apply for parole, the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision shall determine whether or not to grant release.

On March 19, 2019, a jury found Courtier guilty of murder, felony hit and run, and intimidation in the second degree.

Intimidation in the second degree is Oregon’s hate crime statute, along with intimidation in the first degree.

On March 13, 2019, Hunt pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in the first degree and admitted that she aided and abetted Courtier in causing the death of Mr. Bruce.

In her guilty plea she admitted that the day Mr. Bruce died, she was in a relationship with Courtier. During that time, she knew Courtier was an active member of a prison gang. Furthermore, by pleading guilty, she admitted that on August 10, 2016, she saw Courtier get into a fight with Mr. Bruce. She also admitted that she allowed Courtier to use her Jeep to chase down Mr. Bruce in Courtier's attempt to kill Mr. Bruce.

During Courtier’s trial, the jury heard uncontested evidence that Courtier was a member of a white supremacist prison gang called the “European Kindred.”

“Russell Courtier’s membership with the ‘European Kindred’ gang was not out of necessity,” said Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Dave Hannon, who prosecuted this case. “Instead, it stemmed from his racist desire to be a part of a ‘brotherhood.’ This is an appropriate sentence given that the jury found Russell Courtier’s actions of murdering Larnell Bruce were motivated by his perception of Mr. Bruce’s race or the color of his skin.”

On August 10, 2016, Gresham Police officers and detectives responded to the intersection of Southeast 188th Avenue and Southeast Burnside Street in Gresham, Oregon to investigate a vehicular hit and run crash involving a pedestrian.

Law enforcement arrived and located Mr. Bruce suffering from critical injuries. He was transported to the hospital where he later died. During trial, the state presented evidence that showed Courtier and Mr. Bruce got into a physical altercation outside a convenience store.

Mr. Bruce attempted to leave the area when Courtier got into Hunt’s Jeep. Surveillance video showed Courtier driving the Jeep towards Mr. Bruce. The video showed Mr. Bruce taking evasive maneuvers on foot in an attempt to escape Courtier and the red Jeep, Hannon told the jury.

Witnesses who testified told the jury that Courtier’s actions to run down Mr. Bruce seemed “intentional.”

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the Gresham Police Department and in particular Detective Aaron Turnage for their dedicated efforts working this case.


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Registered sex offender, Erik Reuther, receives 15 year prison sentence for sexually abusing a minor - 04/15/19

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APRIL 15, 2019

Registered sex offender, Erik Reuther, receives 15 year prison sentence for sexually abusing a minor

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 51-year-old Erik Reuther received a 15 year prison sentence for sexually abusing a minor.

On March 29, 2019, Reuther pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual abuse in the first degree.

Reuther will have to serve the prison sentence day for day, but will receive credit for time already served.

By pleading guilty, Reuther admitted that he knowingly sexually abused a person under the age of 14 on three different occasions in 2006.

This investigation started when law enforcement learned of the allegations through a mandatory reporter. At the time of the report, Reuther was already in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections serving a 12.5 year prison sentence that was handed down in 2008 after he previously pleaded guilty to one count of sodomy in the first degree and attempted sexual abuse in the first degree.

At sentencing, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office read an impact statement that was submitted to the court on behalf of the victim and her family. The statement, in part, addressed the physical and emotional pain caused by Reuther, and the effect it will continue to have on the victim’s life.  

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

This case was litigated 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 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.

#MCDA#


Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

 

Attached Media Files: PR-19-81-Erik_Reuther.pdf
Last co-defendant sentenced to 110 months in prison for the 1995 death of Darrin Ezell - 04/12/19

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APRIL 12, 2019

Last co-defendant sentenced to 110 months in prison for the 1995 death of Darrin Ezell

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 49-year-old Selwyn Stafford received a 110 month prison sentence for his participation in the events that led to the 1995 death of 24-year-old Darrin Ezell.

Selwyn Stafford pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in the second degree with a firearm and one count of robbery in the first degree.

In court on April 12, 2019, Mr. Ezell’s father, George Banks, called the death of his son “senseless.”

“Taking my son’s life has affected a lot of people,” Mr. Banks said. “This won’t bring my son back, but I hope it will give him (Selwyn Stafford) time to think about what he did.”

“This case has been a long road,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marrero who prosecuted this case along with Chief Deputy District Attorneys John Casalino and Kirsten Snowden. “This was a horrible thing that happened. Mr. Ezell was loved by his family.”

This investigation started on December 20, 1995, at approximately 7:30 a.m., when law enforcement responded to Mr. Ezell’s residence in the 9300 block of Southeast Ramona Street in Portland, Oregon after receiving a 9-1-1 call from his girlfriend who found him bleeding in bed.

Officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau arrived and located Mr. Ezell suffering from critical gunshot wounds inside his residence. Mr. Ezell was transported to the hospital but died as a result of his injuries.  Investigators located two uninjured children in the home.

When Mr. Ezell was killed, investigators had very few leads. Despite the best efforts of the Portland Police Bureau, this case went cold. In 2006, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and the Portland Police Bureau’s Cold Case Homicide Unit conducted an extensive review of this case. In subsequent years, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and the Portland Police Bureau continued efforts to identify those responsible for killing Mr. Ezell.

In 2013, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and Portland Police Bureau re-opened case to develop new investigative leads. Included in those discussions were Multnomah County Chief Deputy District Attorneys Kirsten Snowden, John Casalino, Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marrero and Portland Police Bureau Detectives Jim Lawrence and Meredith Hopper.

During the investigation, law enforcement learned that a vehicle, driven by Danny Conner, cut off Mr. Ezell’s girlfriend as she left for work on December 20, 1995. Conner, armed with a handgun, entered the vehicle belonging to Mr. Ezell’s girlfriend and held her captive. Adrian Stafford, Selwyn Stafford and Vinson White entered Mr. Ezell’s residence using a house key that was taken from Mr. Ezell’s girlfriend and started looking for drugs and money. While inside the residence, Adrian Stafford shot and killed Mr. Ezell.

On December 12, 2014, the grand jury indicted Selwyn Stafford and his brother, Adrian Stafford, for the death of Mr. Ezell.

Ultimately, all four suspects were indicted. Both Conner and White previously pleaded guilty. Adrian Stafford pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in the first degree and criminal conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree. He will be serving a 228 month prison sentence.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the work of the Portland Police Bureau and in particular Detectives Jim Lawrence and Meredith Hopper and other members of this office for their dedicated efforts in solving this case.

The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit's slogan is: "We don't give up. We never give up."

Information about many of the unsolved homicides in the City of Portland can be viewed by clicking here.

The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit has a close partnership with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.

When resources permit, such as in this case, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office will convene a cold case homicide team that includes several misdemeanor-level prosecutors and interns, who have typically been with the office for a year or less, to help one or more felony-level prosecutors in reviewing a cold case homicide file, exploring new investigative strategies and assisting with any prosecution efforts that may result. The objective of this cold case homicide team, when assembled, is to provide extensive training to the newer misdemeanor-level attorneys while working with the Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit, and other veteran prosecutors and investigators, to solve a cold case homicide.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

 

Attached Media Files: PR-19-80-Selwyn_Stafford.pdf
Madison High School custodian arrested on allegations of publishing child pornography - 04/11/19

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APRIL 11, 2019

Madison High School custodian arrested on allegations of publishing child pornography

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 34-year-old Mitchell Jon Grandlund, a custodian with Portland Public Schools, was charged with allegedly possessing and publishing child pornography.

On April 10, 2019, law enforcement arrested Grandlund in the parking lot of Madison High School in Portland, Oregon.

Upon review of the case, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office filed a 25 count charging document that includes 12 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree, 12 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree and one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

According to court documents, this investigation started in January 2019 when law enforcement received multiple cybertips from an internet company. The tips alleged that Grandlund was uploading child pornography images and videos to an online account. Subsequent to a court authorized search warrant, law enforcement located more than 7,000 child pornography files in Grandlund’s online account that depicted prepubescent children being sexually abused and raped.

Law enforcement only learned of Grandlund’s position with Portland Public Schools on April 5, 2019 and worked quickly to ensure student and community safety, according to court documents. Grandlund’s arrest occurred through coordination with law enforcement and Portland Public Schools.

According to court documents, law enforcement conducted a forensic analysis of Grandlund’s smartphone and obtained physical evidence that included thousands of additional child pornography files, and evidence that showed the children victims depicted in those files as being 4-12 years old.

Additionally, as a result of the search warrant, law enforcement located children’s underwear in Grandlund’s vehicle, which was parked at Madison High School, according to court documents. Law enforcement also located methamphetamine on his person.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has no further information to release at this time. This case remains an ongoing investigation and the disclosure of any additional details could compromise law enforcement efforts.

Anyone with information about Grandlund is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau at 503.823.0400.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Grandlund 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

 

Douglas Braaten receives 10 year prison sentence for sexual abuse, attempted kidnapping in East Multnomah County - 04/10/19

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APRIL 10, 2019

Douglas Braaten receives 10 year prison sentence for sexual abuse, attempted kidnapping in East Multnomah County

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 62-year-old Douglas Braaten received a 10 year prison sentence after he sexually abused a person and attempted to hold that person against their will.

On March 22, 2019, Braaten pleaded guilty to one count of attempted kidnapping in the first degree and one count of sexual abuse in the first degree.

This investigation started on March 6, 2018 around 7:30 p.m., when the victim was eating some food in the parking lot of a convenience store near the intersection of Northeast 82nd Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard. Braaten used his horn to get the victim’s attention. The victim went over to Braaten’s vehicle where they had a discussion. Ultimately, the victim asked for a ride to a location in Portland, Oregon. Instead of taking the victim to the agreed upon location, Braaten drove past the victim’s exit and continued to travel eastbound on Interstate 84 into the Columbia River Gorge.

The victim became frightened and texted 9-1-1 and alerted them to the attempted kidnapping.

Braaten drove the victim to the Bridal Veil exit and pulled into a gravel parking lot where he started making threatening statements. While being sexually abused, the victim saw red and blue emergency lights in the vicinity and was able to honk the vehicle’s horn.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office quickly located Braaten’s vehicle, opened the door and located the victim crying and saw that the victim’s pants were pulled down below the knee.

This case was litigated 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 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.

If you would like to speak with someone about 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 was prosecuted by Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Mike Botthof.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

 

Attached Media Files: PR-19-66-Douglas_Braaten.pdf
[Addendum]: Jeremiah Ray, 38, pleads guilty to assaulting paramedic - 04/09/19

The following addendum is being provided by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office with regard to the guilty plea entered by Jeremiah Ray on April 9, 2019.

By pleading guilty to unlawful use of a weapon, Ray admitted that he intentionally possessed a knife, which is considered a dangerous weapon, and that he unlawfully and intentionally used that knife against the victim in this case.

Additionally, by pleading guilty to assault in the third degree, Ray admitted that he intentionally and knowingly caused physical injury to the victim by biting him while the victim was performing his official duties as a paramedic.

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Originally posted: April 9, 2019 | 12:29 p.m. PT

Jeremiah Ray, 38, pleads guilty to assaulting paramedic

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 38-year-old Jeremiah Ray pleaded guilty and received a jail and probation sentence for assaulting an on-duty paramedic.

Ray pleaded guilty to one count of assault in the third degree and one count of unlawful use of a weapon. Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen M. Dailey sentenced Ray to 14 days in jail, with credit for time served, and three years of formal probation.

As part of his supervised probation, Ray must undergo a mental health evaluation and receive any treatment as recommended. Additionally, he must stay at least 500 feet from the Duniway Deli & Grocery, located in the 2400 block of Southwest 5th Avenue in Portland, Oregon and is prohibited from approaching any ambulance unless he is suffering from an actual medical emergency.

“After carefully reviewing the aggravating and mitigating circumstances of this case, this is the most appropriate resolution that, under these circumstances, is allowed under Oregon law,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney BJ Park, who prosecuted this case. “Nothing will undo the trauma that the victims in this case experienced. No one should ever be attacked. The fact that this happened to a first responder is shocking. Our paramedics help heal our community each day. Jeremiah Ray must be held accountable for his actions, but we also recognize there can be alternative approaches that ensure he receives treatment while simultaneously promoting public safety.”

Under Oregon’s current sentencing guideline, which was passed by the state legislature, the three year probation sentence was the presumptive penalty allowed by law.

This investigation started on February 25, 2019 when the victim was sitting in an ambulance. His partner was driving the ambulance and they were stopped at an intersection waiting for the light to turn green. While at the stoplight, Ray approached the passenger side door and climbed inside the ambulance. Ray went to the back of the ambulance. The paramedic seated in the front passenger seat went after Ray who had managed to get inside the rear portion of the ambulance where patients are treated. While in the back of the ambulance, Ray struggled with the victim and ultimately caused physical injury to the paramedic by biting him.

The paramedic did not receive life-threatening injuries.

After the assault, Ray exited the vehicle and went into a nearby deli where he got into a verbal altercation with the owner. She was able to yell for help. Officers responded and took Ray into custody.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, if Ray violates the terms of his formal probation, he could receive additional jail time.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Attached Media Files: PR-19-78-Jeremiah_Ray.pdf
Fidel Lopez pleads guilty, receives maximum sentence for sexually assaulting a dog - 04/08/19

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APRIL 8, 2019

Fidel Lopez pleads guilty, receives maximum sentence for sexually assaulting a dog

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 52-year-old Fidel Lopez pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated animal abuse in the first degree and one count of sexually assaulting an animal.

By pleading guilty, Fidel Lopez admitted that he unlawfully and intentionally tortured “Estrella,” a Lhasa Apso mix, and that for the purpose of arousing his sexual desires, he sexually assaulted Estrella.

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Angel Lopez accepted the change of plea and sentenced Fidel Lopez to 60 days in jail and 36 months of probation on each count. The sentences will run concurrently. In addition, Fidel Lopez may not possess a dog for 15 years.

As part of his probation, the court ordered that Fidel Lopez not have any contact with Estrella’s owner without prior permission from the probation department; undergo an assessment and complete any treatment for adults who abuse animals and undergo separate evaluations for drug and alcohol and domestic violence and complete treatment if ordered; and pay $500 in restitution. Additionally, Judge Lopez ordered that while on probation, Fidel Lopez may not own or care for any type of animal.

“This case was prosecuted to the fullest extent possible under Oregon law,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Nicole Jergovic, who is responsible for litigating nearly all of the animal neglect and abuse cases in Multnomah County. “The torture and abuse that Estrella suffered is unimaginable. Under Oregon’s current sentencing guidelines, Fidel Lopez is receiving the maximum sentence based on the amount of time he has already served in custody and his lack of criminal history.” 

Estrella’s owner, who was known to Fidel Lopez, was updated regularly throughout the plea negotiation process and is in support of resolving the case pretrial.

Judge Lopez said the only reason he imposed the sentence he did was because it was the “maximum” allowed by law.

“If it could have been more, I would have gladly given you more,” Judge Lopez said in court.

This investigation started on November 18, 2018 when law enforcement learned Estrella had been medically evaluated at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital after her owner expressed concerns that Estrella had been sexually abused.

The veterinarians performed an animal sexual assault forensic evaluation, which confirmed that Estrella had been sexually assaulted.

Due to the extensive internal injuries, Estrella was euthanized.

Fidel Lopez was quickly identified as the suspect in this case. During the investigation, he admitted to sexually abusing the dog. Forensic evidence gathered in this case confirmed that Lopez was in fact the person who sexually abused Estrella. 

DDA Jergovic, a veteran prosecutor, has received specialized training in prosecuting animal abuse and neglect cases, and has received the Oregon Humane Society’s highest award for individuals who have helped fight for better animal rights. She has also been recognized nationally for being an animal advocate.

 

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Attached Media Files: PR-19-77-Fidel_Lopez.pdf
Jury unanimously convicts Anthony Joseph Mariscal of sexually abusing, raping child - 04/05/19

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APRIL 5, 2019

Jury unanimously convicts Anthony Joseph Mariscal of sexually abusing, raping child

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a 12-person jury unanimously convicted 38-year-old Anthony Joseph Mariscal of multiple sex crimes against a child.

The jury convicted Mariscal of 17 counts of sodomy in the first degree, 10 counts of rape in the first degree, 10 counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, and one count of sexual abuse in the third degree.

During the five day trial, the state presented evidence to show that the illegal sex crimes occurred between 2013 and 2017 when the female victim, who is known to Mariscal, was between the ages of 10 and 14.

“The conduct charged in the indictment is a small fraction of the total abuse actually endured by this child,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Amber Kinney, who prosecuted this case, stated in court documents. “The victim disclosed that the sexual abuse had been ongoing for several years and started when she was around three, four, or five years old and living in North Carolina.”

This investigation started on May 23, 2017 when Portland Police responded to a residence within city limits after a 9-1-1 caller reported that she had walked into Mariscal sexually assaulting the child. 

During trial, the state presented the jury with DNA evidence to prove that the child had been sexually assaulted.

Sentencing is tentatively scheduled for May 31, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Angel Lopez.

This case was litigated by deputy district attorneys from 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.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes that efforts to prevent and end child abuse occur each day. Members of the District Attorney’s Office and the Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team will participate in events throughout the month of April to raise awareness of child abuse. The Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team provides tremendous benefits through unmatched services and care to our community and system partners to effectively and efficiently handle child abuse, neglect, dependency and delinquency cases.

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

Felaua'I Satele sentenced to 276 months in prison for September 2016 homicide - 04/03/19

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APRIL 3, 2019

Felaua'I Satele sentenced to 276 months in prison for September 2016 homicide

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 40-year-old Felaua'I Satele received a 276 month prison sentence for causing the death of 45-year-old Michael Hoven.

This investigation started on September 23, 2016 around 11 a.m. when law enforcement responded to reports of a shooting in the Centennial Neighborhood.

On February 11, 2019, Satele changed his plea to one count of manslaughter in the first degree with a firearm, one count of attempted assault in the second degree, one count of attempted aggravated theft in the first degree and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Christa Hoven, Mr. Hoven’s mother, remembered her son as someone who loved to cook and who had a passion for real estate. In court on Wednesday, others remembered him as "fiercely loyal" to his family and friends.

"On September 23, 2016, we lost a friend, partner, cousin, son, uncle, father, grandfather and little brother," Brian Hoven, Mr. Hoven’s brother said in court.

According to court documents, Satele and Jessica Hutchinson planned to rob Mr. Hoven.

Mr. Hoven was found deceased in his residence in the 1700 block of Southeast 162nd Avenue of Portland, Oregon. Mr. Hoven was known for having narcotics and money inside his home, according to court documents.

Video surveillance captured Satele, Hutchinson and a third person arriving at Mr. Hoven’s residence in a vehicle driven by Hutchinson, according to court documents.

Hutchinson was the first to exit the vehicle and went inside Mr. Hoven’s residence alone. Moments later, the surveillance video recorded Satele getting out of the vehicle, putting a hood over his head and walking to the door.

According to court documents, once Satele entered the home, he and Hutchinson walked into the room where Mr. Hoven was seated. Satele pulled out a gun and exchanged gunfire with Mr. Hoven, killing him. As previously released by the Portland Police Bureau, Mr. Hoven was shot multiple times.

Hutchinson was shot in the arm and Satele was shot in the hand, side and lower leg, according to court documents.

The video surveillance captured Satele, Hutchinson and the third person leaving the scene in the same vehicle they arrived in. Hutchinson was again the driver, according to court documents.

On July 23, 2018, Hutchinson pleaded guilty to one count of murder, one count of manslaughter and one count of criminal conspiracy to commit robbery.

Her sentencing is tentatively scheduled for May 17, 2019 with Multnomah County Chief Criminal Judge Cheryl A. Albrecht.

This case is being litigated by Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorneys J.R. Ujifusa and David Hannon.

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Attached Media Files: PR-19-75-FelauaI_Satele.pdf
Scott Wayne Smith convicted of threatening to kill gay man living in southwest Portland - 04/02/19

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APRIL 2, 2019

Scott Wayne Smith convicted of threatening to kill gay man living in southwest Portland

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 47-year-old Scott Wayne Smith was convicted of one count of intimidation in the second degree, which is one of Oregon's bias crimes statutes.

Smith’s trial was scheduled to start on April 2, 2019, but after the defense made a legal challenge to the charging document that failed, and before a jury was selected, Smith informed the court that he wanted to change his plea.

The court accepted the change of plea and sentenced Smith to 24 months of formal probation with court-imposed conditions that include: all general conditions of probation, 21 days of jail with credit for time served, no contact with the victim or the apartment complex where the crime was committed, 40 hours of alternative community service, prepare an apology letter to the victim and the residents of apartment complex, and if order by his probation officer: GPS monitoring, drug and alcohol evaluations and treatment and anger management classes. Smith has the ability to request early termination of probation, as is allowed under Oregon law.

This investigation started on August 13, 2018 when the Portland Police Bureau responded to a residence in southwest Portland after learning that threats had been made towards people living at the location.

During the investigation, police learned that two men were sitting outside the residence when a neighbor, Smith, approached. Smith reportedly asked for a cigarette. When the men did not respond, Smith started using homophobic language and threatened to kill the men.

The victim’s residence is part of a treatment community that involves many individuals who have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS. Many of those, but not all, living in this community are gay.

Law enforcement learned that Smith had previously threatened to bomb the building to kill "all you people," a reference to the men living at the apartment complex.

"Everyone deserves the right to feel safe in our community. Scott Smith took that right, and the sense of security, away from the victim as well as the other residences living at this particular apartment complex. We believe this is an appropriate resolution that holds Mr. Smith accountable for specifically targeting the victim based on his sexual orientation, which is a protected class in Oregon," said Multnomah County District Attorney Melissa Marrero, who prosecuted this case.

It is the policy and practice of the District Attorney’s Office to inform all crime victims of any pretrial negotiations. The victim in this case was updated throughout the pendency of this case and is supportive of the pretrial resolution.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office is represented on the Oregon Attorney General’s Hate Crimes task force to study hate-motivated crimes and strengthen Oregon’s laws.


Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

 

Attached Media Files: PR-19-74-Scott_Wayne_Smith.pdf
Ibrahim Seraphin convicted of impersonating a police officer, pulling a realistic handgun out on two women - 04/01/19

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APRIL 1, 2019

Ibrahim Seraphin convicted of impersonating a police officer, pulling a realistic handgun out on two women

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 21-year-old Ibrahim Seraphin changed his plea and was convicted of criminally impersonating a police officer and menacing after he pulled out a police-style vest and pointed a replica firearm at two women in southeast Portland.

Seraphin was put on 24 months of bench probation with court-imposed rules that he not be in possession of weapons, real or fake, have no contact with the victims, not impersonate a police officer, and perform 40 hours of community service.

This investigation started on July 29, 2018 when Portland Police learned that a man, later identified as Seraphin, was in the area of Southeast 122nd and Southeast Market Street in Portland, Oregon sitting on the back of his vehicle with a gun in his hand. The 9-1-1 caller reported that she heard Seraphin tell two women that he was a police officer.

An officer with the Portland Police Bureau responded and learned that the two women had recently left a bar and stopped their vehicle because one of them needed to use the restroom. While the women were stopped, Seraphin stopped his vehicle, exited and told one of the women that what she was doing was illegal.

Seraphin was not wearing a police uniform but told the victims that he was an officer with the Portland Police Bureau. Both victims told the responding PPB officer that they questioned Seraphin as to whether he was actually a police officer because his vehicle appeared beat up to them.

When the women questioned Seraphin, he walked to his vehicle, opened the trunk, removed a vest that said "police” and showed the women the vest. Seraphin then showed them a black handgun and that he swung the handgun toward one of the women and that he pointed it the other victim’s face.

Both women told the actual police officer who responded that they were scared when the handgun was displaying.

Seraphin told law enforcement that he was a security guard and was in the hiring process with an out-of-state police agency.

Officers with PPB were given consent to search Seraphin’s vehicle and located an exterior body armor police vest with two big "Police" patches on it. Seraphin had a “duty belt” with an empty gun holster and a black handgun laying out of the holster.

PPB determined the handgun was an exact replica of a Glock 17, which a firearm model used by law enforcement, and that Seraphin, at the time of his arrest, was a certified unarmed security officer with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

 

Attached Media Files: PR-19-71-Ibrahim_Seraphin.pdf
November 2017 shooting in SE Portland, Oregon results in three guilty pleas - 03/28/19

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MARCH 28, 2019

November 2017 shooting in SE Portland, Oregon results in three guilty pleas

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 24-year-old Julian Booker received a 10 year prison sentence after pleading guilty to one count of burglary in the first degree, one count of robbery in the first degree with a firearm and one count of assault in the first degree.

According to court documents, on November 28, 2017, Portland Police received information about a shooting in the 12200 block of Southeast Ramona Street. When officers arrived, they located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest and a gash to his head. Law enforcement located a second male victim who was suffering from non-critical injuries.

During the investigation, law enforcement learned that one of the victims had organized a drug transaction at a nearby school. While in the school’s parking lot, the victim was robbed at gunpoint by three males, two of who had firearms. The victim was forced to take the three suspects back to his residence where one of the suspects, later identified as Booker, pistol whipped the victim. The two other suspects, later identified as Austin Herrmann and a 17-year-old male, started searching the rooms of the house.

While at the residence, one of the victim’s roommates was also pistol whipped. That victim was then shot inside the residence. Herrmann was later identified as the shooter. The three suspects grabbed cash and marijuana and left the house.

On December 6, 2017, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was being driven without operational headlights. During that traffic stop, a deputy sheriff with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office saw the driver switch places with the front seat passenger. The deputy approached the vehicle and could detect a strong smell of marijuana. The individual who switched seats with the passenger ran from the traffic stop.

Booker was a rear passenger and was arrested.

On March 18, 2019, Herrmann pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder with a firearm, robbery in the first degree and kidnapping in the first degree. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 18, 2019.

On November 15, 2018, the juvenile suspect in this case pleaded guilty to one count of attempted robbery in the first degree, one count of attempted kidnapping in the first degree, and unlawful use of a weapon. This individual is now 18 year old and received a 116 month sentence that will be served under the jurisdiction of the Oregon Youth Authority. He is also eligible for a “Second Look” hearing after serving 58 months of his sentence.

The District Attorney’s Office is not identifying this person because his case was resolved outside of Ballot Measure 11, and because he was a juvenile at the time of the offense.

No additional information can be released as Herrmann is still pending sentencing.

#MCDA#


Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Attached Media Files: PR-19-70-Julian_Booker.pdf
Matthew James Hegler receives 28.5 year PSRB sentence after jury finds him guilty expect for insanity - 03/28/19

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MARCH 28, 2019

Matthew James Hegler receives 28.5 year PSRB sentence after jury finds him guilty expect for insanity

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 28-year-old Matthew James Hegler received a sentence that commits him to the Oregon State Hospital after a jury found him guilty expect for insanity for a domestic violence assault that severely injured his grandmother. Hegler will be placed under the jurisdiction of the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB) for a maximum period of 28.5 years.

"The state feels that this is an appropriate recommendation for Mr. Hegler given his long history of mental health illness as well as the violence that Mr. Hegler demonstrated on June 17, 2017,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Nicole Bockelman, who prosecuted this case.

The sentencing judge, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Nan Waller, who oversees the Multnomah County Mental Health Court program, ruled today that Hegler currently presents a "substantial danger to himself and others" and is not a proper candidate for release and that when the assault occurred, Hegler was affected by a qualifying mental disease or defect, specifically in this case, major depressive disorder with psychotic features.

The 12-person jury convicted Hegler of two counts of assault in the second degree constituting domestic violence, two counts of assault in the fourth degree constituting domestic violence, one count of unlawful use of a weapon constituting domestic violence, one count of menacing constituting domestic violence and one count of attempted strangulation constituting domestic violence.

During the four day trial, which started on March 18, 2019, the state presented evidence that showed on June 17, 2017, the victim went to Hegler’s residence in the Centennial neighborhood of southeast Portland, Oregon. Shortly after entering the residence, Hegler attacked his grandmother by punching her in the face and kicking her numerous times. The assault inside the residence continued for several minutes. The victim ran to her vehicle in an effort to escape. During that time, Hegler kicked and caused the vehicle’s driver side window to shatter. Hegler continued to assault the victim until she got the car in reverse and drove away.

The state called a medical expert who testified that Hegler had previously been diagnosed with several mental health disorders but at the time of the attack, and at the time of a medical evaluation, Hegler suffered from borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder and exhibited conditions consistent with malingering.  

Under Oregon law, a person is guilty except for insanity (GEI) if, as a result of a qualifying mental disorder at the time of engaging in criminal conduct, the person lacks substantial capacity either to appreciate the criminality of the conduct or to conform the conduct to the requirements of law.

This case was litigated by the Domestic Violence Unit of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. The primary responsibility of the DV Unit is to prosecute all felony and misdemeanor domestic violence and family violence cases. The relationships between the victim and offenders are both intimate partner violence (IPV) and non-intimate partner violence (NIPV). The DV Unit is 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 ending family abuse. This unit engages in evidence-based prosecution of domestic violence. It emphasizes the importance of victim advocacy services for all victims and their children. Even when the prosecutor decides to proceed with a case without a victim’s participation, every effort is made to offer the victim advocacy services from available resources.

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.

Resources:

 

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Attached Media Files: PR-19-69-Matthew_James_Hegler.pdf
Jared Walter charged with sexually abusing a woman on TriMet MAX - 03/27/19

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MARCH 27, 2019

Jared Walter charged with sexually abusing a woman on TriMet MAX

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that 32-year-old Jared Walter was charged with two count of harassment and one count of sexual abuse in the third degree and one count of interfering with public transportation after he allegedly touched a woman’s thigh while riding public transportation.  

According to court documents, this investigation started on March 25, 2019 when officers assigned to the Transit Division received information that a man had touched the thigh of a woman while on board a TriMet MAX in Multnomah County. 

Records state that the woman reported that the man, later identified as Walter, sat in the seat behind her and that she could feel him sitting very close. Furthermore, it is alleged in court documents that the victim could feel the suspect’s fingers touching her upper thigh with his hand in her pocket, according to court documents.

Investigators were able to obtain surveillance video from the MAX, which showed Walter walking the length of the train as if he were looking for someone. The video captured Walter making gestures with both his hand and body that were consistent with the victim’s account of the events. Additionally, the video shows the victim jumping from her seat on the MAX and activating the emergency call button to summon help, according to court documents.

Using the video, investigators were able to identify Walter as the suspect, according to a probable cause affidavit. 

On March 26, 2019, officers assigned to the Transit Division located Walter in the area of Southwest 6th Avenue and Southwest Pine Street in Portland, Oregon and took him into custody without incident. 

Walter “has engaged in this exact type of conduct on numerous occasions over the past decade, with behavior including masturbating and ejaculating on TriMet passengers, cutting and super gluing their hair, and touching them inappropriately,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Eric Zimmerman stated in court documents.

Due to Walter’s criminal history involving similar conduct and belief that he has a motive to flee, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office petitioned the court today, in the interest of public safety, to increase Walter’s bail to $100,000.

The court denied making a ruling on the state’s request until March 28, 2019 at 9 a.m.

As previously stated by the Portland Police Bureau, investigators would like to hear from any other community members who have unwanted contact with Walter. He is known to frequent public transportation. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call 503-962-7566 and reference case number 19-95917.

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

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Walter in 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-19-68-Jared_Walter.pdf