The co-founder of Portland Resistance, a prominent Antifa (Anti-Fascist) group, and founding member of Black Lives Matter was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to two felony charges of sexual abuse of a 17-year-old boy in March, and being found guilty of one count of sexual abuse of a 17-year-old girl in a jury trial last week.
“I can tell that you’re sincere and I can tell that you’ve grown a lot over the last couple of years,” said Multnomah County Circuit Judge Jerry Hodson at the sentencing of Rhodes.
Last week, Micah Rhodes, a prominent leader of Portland’s Resistance, was convicted of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor in a Washington court.
According to a report by Oregon Live, Rhodes, now 24, had sex with an underage girl when he was 20. The girl could not consent because she was not an adult.
He was previously registered as a sex offender stemming from a conviction of first-degree sexual abuse and sodomy, but those records are sealed because he was a minor at the time of his conviction.
In two weeks Rhodes is scheduled to begin a trial in a different Washington county to face four counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of third-degree sexual abuse. These charges stem from his alleged sexual contact with a 17-year-old boy whom he met on the dating app Grindr when he was 21.
Despite his sordid history of sexual abuse, Rhodes is getting another chance. He was sentenced to five years of probation.
Disturbingly, Hodson’s ruling is generally consistent with the Multnomah County court’s sentencing, as “defendants found guilty of crimes of the sort Rhodes committed” are often sentenced to probation, according to conservative commentator and journalist Stephanie Sheaks, who covered the trial.
However, Deputy District Attorney Bumjoon Park opposed the sentencing considering Rhodes’ “history of sexual molestation of children, his rebelliousness, and inability to modify his behavior even after attending sex offender treatment programs three times,” Ms. Sheaks noted.
When he was a teenager, Rhodes was convicted of sexually abusing and sodomizing at least four boys as young as nine.