John Damron III was arrested in northeast Portland
by: KOIN 6 News Staff
Posted: Mar 18, 2021 / 3:06 PM PDTUpdated: March 18, 2021 / 3:06 PM PDT
John Damron III, March 17, 2021 (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A 34-year-old Portland man faced 190 counts in a “complex and ongoing” child sex study.
John Damron III was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Portland police, who about 4 hours later searched a residence in northeast Portland on the 4700 block of NE 22nd Avenue and “seized additional evidence pertinent to the case,” authorities said.
Multnomah County prosecutor Mike Schmidt said Damron’s victims are between 14 and 17 years old and have been lured “with social media apps.” It is believed that Damron would pay the teenagers to provide sexually explicit pictures and then lure them home to take more explicit pictures and “make sexual contact with them” even though he knew they were Were minors.
Currently, more than 6 people are identified as victims in this case.
All but 34 of the 190 Damron faces are crimes. The charges include using a child in the display of sexually explicit behavior, buying sex with a minor, luring a minor, online sexual corruption of a child, third degree sodomy, third degree sexual abuse, coercion, and encouragement sexual child abuse in the first degree.
The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call PPB Detective Meghan Burkeen at 503.8232092 or email: Meghan.Burkeen@portlandoregon.gov
Those with information can call the DA Case Tip Line at 503.988.0340.