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Local Resistance Leader Micah Rhodes Convicted For Sexual Abuse Of Children

A Washington County Circuit Court jury on Friday found Portland activist Micah Rhodes guilty of second-degree sexual abuse of an underage girl.

The jury's 10-2 verdict came after a 1.5-day trial. Rhodes, once a prominent organizer of Portland's Resistance, is now 24.

He was 20 at the time he had sex with the girl in January 2014. Her age isn't listed in court papers, but investigators said she was younger than 18 then and unable to consent because of her age.

Rhodes will be sentenced in May. Oregon sentencing guidelines recommend a prison sentence ranging from about two to two-and-a-half years, said Deputy District Attorney Andy Pulver, who tried the case.

He could face as many as five years in prison if the prosecution successfully argues that Rhodes' felony was particularly egregious. Judge Janelle Wipper also could decide to give him probation.

He is also scheduled next week to go to trial in Multnomah County Circuit Court in a separate case.

Rhodes faces accusations that he had sexual contact with a 17-year-old boy when Rhodes was 20 or 21 in Gresham and in Troutdale.
 link to www.oregonlive.com

Portland protest leader Micah Rhodes guilty of sexual abuse, faces 2 years of prison

Updated March 10, 2018 at 7:00 AM; Posted March 9, 2018 at 5:06 PM
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Gallery: Portland protest leader Micah Rhodes guilty of sexual abuse, faces 2 years of prison

By Aimee Green agreen _at_ oregonian _dot_ com

The Oregonian/OregonLive

A Washington County Circuit Court jury on Friday found Portland activist Micah Rhodes guilty of second-degree sexual abuse of an underage girl.

The jury's 10-2 verdict came after a 1.5-day trial. Rhodes, once a prominent organizer of Portland's Resistance, is now 24.

He was 20 at the time he had sex with the girl in January 2014. Her age isn't listed in court papers, but investigators said she was younger than 18 then and unable to consent because of her age.

Rhodes will be sentenced in May. Oregon sentencing guidelines recommend a prison sentence ranging from about two to two-and-a-half years, said Deputy District Attorney Andy Pulver, who tried the case.

He could face as many as five years in prison if the prosecution successfully argues that Rhodes' felony was particularly egregious. Judge Janelle Wipper also could decide to give him probation.

Rhodes was frequently seen at marches and sitting in on meetings at Portland City Hall. He also was a leader of Portland's Resistance, a group that formed after Donald Trump won the presidential election in November 2016. He helped organize people during night after night of protests immediately after Trump's victory.

He was charged in the Washington County in February 2017.

He is scheduled next week to go to trial in Multnomah County Circuit Court in a separate case.

Rhodes faces accusations that he had sexual contact with a 17-year-old boy when Rhodes was 20 or 21 in Gresham and in Troutdale.

Court papers say Rhodes met the boy on a gay dating app and that the boy wasn't able to consent because of his age.

Rhodes faces four counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of third-degree sexual abuse.

Rhodes was on supervision by the Oregon Youth Authority for sexual abuse and sodomy at the time he was charged for alleged abuse in both counties, authorities say. Juvenile records aren't public, so details of the earlier case aren't available.

Rhodes had been required to register as a sex offender at the time he was charged in the Multnomah and Washington county cases.

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Sex with Teanagers? 18.Mar.2018 05:38

Lloyd Hart dadapop@dadapop.com

Well that's just Rock 'n' Roll. No harm no foul but charging someone who is an activist for having consensual sex with teenagers and putting them in jail in pure Nazism. The judge should be sentenced to two years in jail for allowing thins farce trial togo forward. Check yourselves people, activists across the country are coming under probes into your personal lives because they can't beat us politically so they use use the law against us to shut us up. In Canada two decades ago we lowered the age of consent in Canada to 14 because we are a country based more so in science than the US as the fun and games of teenagers should not be able to ruin the lives of adults. it is very important that everyone be ready to fight back and that your personal lives are out of bounds when the state comes after you. This charge looks like culture war to me and not protect of the public.

Better headline Lloyd 18.Mar.2018 06:01

Mike Novack

Sex BETWEEN teenagers.

I also grew up in one of those states with a consent age of 18 and without a "de minimis" requirement of age difference between the parties. And for that matter, without any exception provision for BOTH of the parties involved being below the age of consent. So just about ALL of us were breaking the law << remember, didn't take actual intercourse, just petting technically illegal).

Prosecutions were rare if little effective age difference BUT they did sometimes occur, usually when parents disapproved of the particular partner choice of their child. I do not personally know of any particular cases that went as far as prosecution (~60 years ago, can't expect me to remember) but do remember personally of cases where the threat was used to force couples apart. Or possibly as you suggest, Lloyd, when political.

Note by the way, that just an exception for both below the age not enough. A teen couple where they began having sex when one was 17 and the other 16 should not suddenly become illegal when the elder has an 18th birthday.

ALL of these laws need a modification providing a de minimis age difference, possibly an age difference that increases with the age of the younger. AFAIK only a couple states allow a "no significant age difference" defense to a stat rape charge << though more might take it into account at sentencing >>

The people! 18.Mar.2018 07:25

Lloyd Hart dadapop@dadapop.com

14, 15, 16 year olds were getting married and running farms a hundred years ago What happened? We decided we didn't like our biology and rebelled against it with anti sex laws?

pow 25.Mar.2018 14:13

rAT

Touch my 14 year old and it's POW right in the kisser. Have fun in prison. You're the entertainment.

Everyone knows,,,, 28.Mar.2018 18:20

Lloyd Hart dadapop@dadapop.com

you are an idiot rAT. So fuck off back to your rat hole you fucking nazi cunt.

trash this article 28.Mar.2018 19:58

not news

This is a shitty corporate media news repost, and is only posted to demoralize independent journalists and to kick KBOO in the teeth publicly.
That is the only reason for this post. (period!)

This crap (reposting) does nothing for social justice or serving the community. Wanna tell this story get in line obviously OregonLive is on already on it.

Parroting crap articles like this serves only one purpose: you want indy / community journalism marginalized.


NOT NEWS & NOT WANTED

RE: "want indy / community journalism marginalized" 29.Mar.2018 04:13

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It's not already,

due to utter abandonment of its founding Anti-Global (Battle Seattle 1999), Pro-Working-Class origins?

Its not already 29.Mar.2018 16:40

Try

Well then why not "you" (at least try to) cover some of the Anti-Global / Pro-Working-Class issues instead of just posting negative comments that marginalize the website and instead of criticizing the lack of independent news coverage, actually provide some coverage that you speak about. Rather then toss stones at the website why not write an article or submit some content. The website is successful if there is citizen journalists doing the work by reporting.

Then again there is always Facebook or corporate media

LOL

" LOL " 29.Mar.2018 16:53

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" Anti-Global / Pro-Working-Class issues "

^ well, WHERE IS IT?

supposed to be Indymedia's actual (and original) mission, correct?


WHAT THE ***K has happened to it in the past 3 years particularly?

since 2014 this site has devolved from being against TPP/NAFTA, ----> into namby pamby BLM-"TrumpHitler"/LBGTWTFBBQ garbage.


Why would you resquest someone like me (who previous to a few years ago observed these issues regularly-consistenly posted to the Newswire)
to post such coverage when the website and its contributors are supposed TO BE DOING SO IN THE FIRST PLACE?

get back to basics, yourself.