Resistance leader given five years probation for sex crimes against minors arrested again

Resistance leader given five years probation for sex crimes against minors arrested again

Portland protest leader Micah Rhodes was arrested again on allegations that he violated terms of his probation by having contact with minors.

The 24-year-old far-left activist was ordered to stay away from anyone under 18 years old after he was convicted earlier this year on three counts of second-degree sexual abuse for having illicit sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl in Washington County and a 17-year-old boy in Multnomah County.

The sexual abuse occurred in 2014 and 2015. Micah Rhodes was 20 and 21 years old at the time.

Oregon law states that it’s a crime for an adult to have sexual contact with a minor if there are three or more years in age difference between the two.

State sentencing guidelines recommend that he be two to 2 ½ -years in prison. However, Washington County Circuit Judge Janelle Wipper and Multnomah County Circuit Judge Jerry Hodson decided in separate hearings not to sentence Rhodes.

The judges instead decided to give him five years of probation which includes that he is forbidden from being around children without the prior permission of his probation officer.

Rhodes was arrested last Wednesday and brought to the Multnomah County Detention Center on accusations he had actually been in the presence of children. He was then transferred to Washington County Jail on Thursday, where he remains.

Rhodes had initially been sentenced to 5 years of probation, with the stipulation that he stay away from all children, however, after being spotted in the company of minor protesters, the social justice activist was arrested for violation of his probation.

Rhodes is scheduled to appear before County Circuit Judge Janelle Wipper on Wednesday. If the judge finds that he did, in fact, violate the terms of his probation, she could choose from a wide range of punishment — running from a verbal reprimand to revoking his probation and sending him to prison for two or more years.

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