Plea deal reached against man accused of drugging women

Marlin Pohlman, 43, pictured in his jail booking photo. (Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.)
Marlin Pohlman, 43, pictured in his jail booking photo. (Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Attorneys have scheduled a change of plea hearing with a 43-year-old man who is accused of drugging and then sexually assaulting three women, court records show.

Separate court documents obtained by KOIN shows the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has also dismissed four criminal charges against Marlin Pohlman

Senior Deputy District Attorney Chris Ramras, who is prosecuting the case, said the decision to dismiss the four charges was made “after new evidence was discovered that made proving those crimes beyond a reasonable doubt difficult.”

The charges – all pertaining to the same alleged victim — include two counts of first-degree kidnapping and one count each of first-degree rape and first-degree unlawful sexual penetration.

A Multnomah County grand jury had issued a 13 count indictment against Pohlman following his arraignment in March.

At a September 20 hearing, the DA’s Office dismissed the grand jury’s indictment. Judge Eric J. Bergstrom arraigned Pohlman on the remaining nine charges, which include unlawful sexual penetration, second-degree assault, first-degree sexual abuse, possession of a controlled substance, attempted first-degree rape, third-degree sexual abuse, and possession of MDMA (ecstasy).

Ramras said he could not discuss any part of the case, including any potential plea negotiations.

Bear Wilner-Nugent, Pohlman’s defense attorney, did confirm a plea deal has been reached.

“Both sides are going to gain something with this (plea deal),” Nugent said.

He declined to talk about the specifics of the plea deal but said everyone involved with the case, including the victims, has agreed to the plea deal.

Pohlman was arrested March 13, 2013 at Portland International Airport after he returned home from a vacation to Thailand.

Detectives said Pohlman would drug women he knew and then sexually assault them. At the time of his arrest, detectives had identified and questioned four alleged victims, officials said.

The case now involves only three alleged victims because the charges pertaining to the fourth victim have been dismissed.

After his arrest, detectives executed a search warrant at Pohlman’s home in the 7100-block of North Chase Avenue. During the search, they located a drug lab, police said.

Pohlman – a computer technician – used ecstasy, LSD, and nitrous oxide during his attacks on women, police said.

The change of plea hearing is scheduled to occur Monday at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Judith Matarazzo.


— Brent Weisberg

Follow on Twitter: @BrentKOIN

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