Oregon Anti-Trump Activist Arrested for Sex Abuse
Micah Rhodes, co-leader of an Oregon Activist Group called “Portland Resistance” was arrested at a January 25 anti-Trump protest. Now he stands charged with 4 counts of sexual abuse of a minor. Authorities stressed that the new charges are not connected to the protest.
He is a registered sex offender, and has led protests with high school students participating. His case has had the attention of police since 2015. His name and charges do not appear on the sex offender website because he was not considered a “predatory” sex offender. That may change.
According to KOIN,
In court documents, Portland Police Detective Jeff Myers explains that the victim told investigators that he met Rhodes on the gay dating website in 2015. The boy reportedly told Rhodes “immediately” that he was a minor.
Records show that Rhodes was on parole with the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) for first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy. Specific details of that case have not been released because juvenile records in Oregon remain sealed.
According to jail records, Rhodes now faces four counts of second-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony. His bail for the new sex crimes case is set at $20,000.
Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson said detectives are now looking into allegations that there maybe a second victim.
“We going to continue to investigate and anybody that does have information or knowledge of other victims, we’d like them to come forward,” Simpson said.
Rhodes is additionally being held in the Multnomah County Jail on an Oregon Youth Authority hold for possible parole violation.
He skated on a second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer charge back in November when the prosecutor did not file charges. But he was eventually cited for the same event that led to his arrest.
Micah Rhodes has also protested with Black Lives Matter and was an organizer of “PDX Don’t Shoot.” PDX stated that he is no longer part of that group.
After riots erupted in downtown Portland that caused over a Million dollars in damaged, he addressed the crowd of reporters with the Police Chief and Mayor.
He was arraigned Monday at 2:30 p.m..