Micah Rhodes faces sex crimes in 2 counties

Micah Rhodes a well-known Portland activist

Micah Rhodes was booked into Washington County Jail for a second-degree sex abuse charge, February 7, 2017. (PPB)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A well-known Portland activist was in a Multnomah County court Tuesday to face a 5-count grand jury indictment on allegations he had sex with a minor, and then was arrested on a sex crime charge in Washington County.

Portland activist Micah Rhodes during his second court appearance on charges of sex abuse of a minor, February 7, 2017 (KOIN)
Portland activist Micah Rhodes during his second court appearance on charges of sex abuse of a minor, February 7, 2017 (KOIN)

Micah Rhodes appeared in court on Tuesday for his arraignment. Rhodes is charged with 4 counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of 3rd-degree sexual abuse.

All 5 counts allege that the crimes occurred during 2014-2015. There is only one named victim in the complaint against Rhodes.

The victim was a minor at the time he and Rhodes engaged in consensual sexual contact, according to court records.

Micah Rhodes, 23, shown in a jail booking photo taken Jan. 25 by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Micah Rhodes, 23, shown in a jail booking photo taken Jan. 25 by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office

Police have identified another victim, a female, who was a minor when she had sexual contact with Rhodes, according to court records. Rhodes was arrested after his court appearance and taken to the Washington County Jail, where he was charged with 2nd-degree sex abuse.

Rhodes was convicted as a juvenile of first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse. Because of his conviction, he was ordered to register as a sex offender.

The 23-year-old came to prominence in Portland in 2016 as one of the leaders of Don’t Shoot PDX. He later moved over to Portland’s Resistance. Both groups have disavowed him since these charges came to light.

Detectives believe there may be more victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jeff Myers at 503.823.0595.

Rhodes posted bail earlier this month and has been released from jail. Attempts to reach him for comment on this story have been unsuccessful.

Detectives believe Rhodes may have had more victims. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detective Jeff Myers at 503.823.0595 or send him an email.

Portland activist Micah Rhodes during his second court appearance on charges of sex abuse of a minor, February 7, 2017 (KOIN)
Portland activist Micah Rhodes during his second court appearance on charges of sex abuse of a minor, February 7, 2017 (KOIN)