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George Brotherton is charged with first-degree sexual abuse and coercion for case involving knife.

MCSO PHOTO - George Bradley BrothertonCentral Precinct officers have arrested a man after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in downtown Portland.

George Bradley Brotherton, 58, faces charges of first-degree sexual abuse, unlawful use of a weapon and three counts of coercion, according to a news release.

Police allege Brotherton approached an adult woman walking near Southwest Fourth Avenue and Grant Street around 3:36 a.m. on Thursday, July 5. Police say Brotherton "inappropriately touched" the woman and threatened her with a knife, causing her to flee and call for the authorities.

On Saturday, July 27, detectives executed a search warrant at Brotherton's residence in the 2700 block of Southwest First Avenue. He remains behind bars at the downtown jail at this time.

"Central Precinct Officers and Sex Crimes Detectives have worked diligently to identify and apprehend the suspect of this sexual assault," Chief Danielle Outlaw said in a statement. "Their professionalism and sacrifice to capture this person are to be commended. Their dedicated efforts have made our community safer and I thank them for their work."

Police are reportedly investigating whether this case is linked to similar incidents. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Matt Estes at (503) 823-0462 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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