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Portland protest leader charged with sex abuse of a minor

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Portland police on Monday filed new criminal accusations against an activist involved in organizing recent downtown protests.

Micah Rhodes, 23, faces four felony accusations of second-degree sex abuse. The allegations were filed Monday after officers arrested him during an anti-police protest last week. He was among 12 adults picked up for traffic citations for improper position on a highway and other offenses.

Sgt. Pete Simpson, police spokesman, said the new charges were not filed in retaliation to recent protests.

“All four charges relate to one juvenile victim,” Simpson said. “Our detectives started looking into this, after his arrest Wednesday. They found information about a prior incident, and from there, conducted their investigation.”

Court records show a Portland police detective received information that Rhodes met a 17-year-old male through a dating phone app in 2015, and the two had sex on multiple occasions. The probable cause affidavit shows the detective interviewed Rhodes on Wednesday and Saturday.

LEO AFFAIRS EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS ISN’T THE FIRST PORTLAND ACTIVIST REGISTERED AS A SEX OFFENDER.

The detective wrote that Rhodes admitted to knowing the boy was 17 years old at the time of the sexual encounters, which occurred in Gresham and Troutdale, according to the affidavit.

A message was also left with the attorney assigned to defend Rhodes for the protest-related accusations. Court records show Rhodes has not been assigned a defense attorney for the sex charges.

Simpson said investigators are looking at information about a potential second victim in the case.

The affidavit also notes that Rhodes was on parole under the supervision of the Oregon Youth Authority for sex abuse and sodomy at the time of the Portland police investigation.

The Oregon State Police, which maintains the state’s sex offender registry, on Monday confirmed Rhodes is a registered sex offender. His supervision is through the youth authority’s Washington County office.

Rhodes will be arraigned Monday afternoon in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

— Tony Hernandez

thernandez@oregonian.com

503-294-5928

@tonyhreports

This post was updated to include comments from a police spokesman.

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