Indictment alleges man abused girls for years
A Multnomah County grand jury has indicted a 33-year-old man on 11 counts of sexually abusing two children.
According to the Multnomah County district attorney's office, Jonathon Paul Rogers is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and first-degree sexual abuse. The indictments are covered by Jessica's Law, which requires a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence for adults convicted sexually abusing child younger than 12.
The indictment identifies two young victims and alleges both girls were abused while under the age of 12. One victim was allegedly abused from 2012 to 2016, The other was allegedly abused from 2012 to 2018.
The investigation started on Dec. 11 when a Portland police officer gave a sexual harassment presentation to students at a K-8 school in the Portsmouth neighborhood. A girl at the school told the officer that a person she knows had repeatedly touched her in a sexually explicit way for several years. The officer reported the allegation to the state Department of Human Services and Multnomah County's Child Abuse Team.
During the investigation, law enforcement identified a second girl who also disclosed being sexually assaulted by the defendant. Both children were taken to CARES Northwest, which is Multnomah County's child abuse assessment center.
Rogers met with detectives and was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. He was arraigned Dec. 31. His next court date is scheduled for Feb. 11, 2019.
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