PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man is accused of sexually abusing a young child and possibly exposing the victim to HIV, prosecutors said.
Detectives with the Multnomah County Child Abuse Teamarrested Jason Dunn, 37, Monday afternoon at his North Portland apartment.
Officials said the recklessly endangering charge stems from the fact that based on his suspected behavior Dunn may have passed on HIV to the child.
Dunn’s life is chronicled in a photo essay about drug addiction and AIDS called “The Julie Project.”
The project followed the life of Julie Baird for 18 years. She struggled with drug addiction and HIV before dying in 2010, court documents state. Baird met her partner and the father of her children – Dunn – in San Francisco years ago.
According to “The Julie Project” and court documents obtained by KOIN 6 News, Dunn has HIV.
The creator of “The Julie Project” declined to comment when reached by a reporter Tuesday afternoon.
In court documents, prosecutors state that Dunn left his family’s home at the age of 17 and became hooked on intravenous drugs, which is where he likely picked up HIV.
Child abuse detectives interviewed Dunn on Monday, and according to court documents, he denied any inappropriate touching and said that the child was lying.
Dunn was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center following the interview, officials said.
His roommate, Arthur, said he witnessed Dunn’s arrest. He told KOIN 6 News that he has known Dunn since grade school.
“He was never like this when he was a kid,” Arthur said. “I don’t know what crossed in his mind. It’s just disgusting.”
The Multnomah County grand jury is expected to hear evidence in the case within the week, officials said.
A court appointed attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf Tuesday during his arraignment. Dunn will be back in court April 10.
To protect personal information involved in this case, KOIN 6 News has withheld some information about the child victim.