Multnomah County
District Attorney

1200 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 5200
Portland, OR 97204
503-988-3162

Multnomah County District Attorney

 
1200 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 5200
| Portland, OR 97204
| 503-988-3162
 

DA Mike Schmidt announces 35-count indictment linked to human sex trafficking

March 10, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that the grand jury returned a 35-count indictment linked to human sex trafficking against 32-year-old Johnel Johnson.

The Portland Police Bureau’s Human Trafficking Unit is leading this investigation in conjunction with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Human Trafficking Unit. Both agencies are requesting assistance from the community to determine whether there are additional victims.

Johnson is charged with the following:

Assault in the Fourth Degree

1 count

Compelling Prostitution

2 counts

Felon in Possession of a Firearm

1 count

Felony Strangulation

2 counts

Kidnapping in the First Degree

1 count

Kidnapping in the First Degree w/ a Firearm

3 counts

Kidnapping in the Second Degree

2 counts

Promoting Prostitution

3 counts

Rape in the First Degree

1 count

Rape in the First Degree w/ a Firearm

3 counts

Robbery in the First Degree

4 counts

Robbery in the First Degree w/ a Firearm

3 counts

Robbery in the Second Degree

4 counts

Sexual Abuse in the First Degree w/ a Firearm

1 count

Sodomy in the First Degree w/ a Firearm

1 count

Unlawful Use of a Weapon

2 counts

Unlawful Use of a Weapon w/ a Firearm

1 count

 

This investigation started in February 2021 when the Portland Police Bureau received information about a person, later identified as Johnson, using a firearm and knife to kidnap, rob and then sexually assault a person. It is further alleged that Johnson then used force and intimidation to compel the person into conducting acts of forced prostitution and that he physically assaulted the victim.

During the investigation into the February 2021 incident, law enforcement connected Johnson to an earlier sexual assault that occurred in November 2020. It is alleged Johnson used a knife to kidnap, rob and then sexually assault a person and that he threatened to make the victim engage in forced prostitution acts with others.

On March 1, 2021, the Portland Police Bureau located and arrested Johnson in the 3700 block of Southeast 166th Avenue.

Johnson is currently being held in the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Anyone with information about this case, or related cases is asked to contact Portland Police Bureau Detective Kyffin Marcum at 503-823-0462 or PPB Detective Scott McCollister 503-823-0424.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Johnson is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us