One of the leaders of “Black Lives Matter” in Portland, Micah Rhodes, has pleaded guilty to sex crimes with an underage boy that he met on the “gay hook-up app” Grindr.
It is a crime for adults to have sex with a person who is underage, and therefore unable to legally give consent for the illegal act, which anyone with half a brain would definitely know, but Micah Rhodes apparently didn’t care much about the law, and now it’s coming back to bite him in the ass. (And definitely not in a way that a gay man like Rhodes would enjoy.)
This appears to be at least the second time that Micah Rhodes has broken the law in regards to having sex with younger kids, and is required to register as a sex offender from his previous offenses.
The Oregon Youth Authority began supervising Rhodes when he was 14, for sexual abuse and sodomy, authorities said. According to court records, Rhodes was 13 or 14 years old in 2007 when he sexually abused a boy who was 9 or 10 years old.
Portland protest leader Micah Rhodes gave up his legal fight Tuesday by pleading guilty to a second round of sexual abuse charges against him, this time for having sexual contact multiple times with a 17-year-old boy.
The victim couldn’t consent to the contact because he was a minor. Rhodes — then 20 or 21 — was more than three years older than the teenager at the time of the 2014 or 2015 encounters. He met the boy on a gay dating app.
Oregon law says it’s a crime for an adult to have sexual contact with a minor if there’s three or more years in age difference between the two.
Age of consent laws vary from state to state, with most states allowing 16- or 17- year-olds to have sexual contact with adults. Oregon is one of about a dozen states that sets the age of consent at 18. Washington state sets the age at 16.
Rhodes, now 24, was a leader of the protest group Portland’s Resistance, which rose to prominence after Donald Trump won the presidential election in November 2016 and the group helped organize day after day of marches and rallies.
But Rhodes had long been a part of Portland’s activist scene before that and a familiar face at Portland City Council meetings. Among his notable achievements was helping stage a camp-out in front of then-Mayor Charlie Hales’ home in 2016.
Rhodes pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree sexual abuse in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
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