DA Mike Schmidt Announces Guilty Verdict for James Chasteen in Jessica’s Law Case

April 17, 2023

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a Multnomah County jury found James Chasteen, 52, guilty on 11 counts related to the sexual abuse of a minor:

  • Three counts of Rape in the First Degree (Victim Under 12)
  • Seven counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree
  • One count of Luring a Minor

The trial took place in front of Senior Judge Kathleen Dailey from March 27 to April 14, 2023. The 12-person jury delivered the verdict on Friday. Chasteen is currently in custody and will be sentenced by Judge Dailey at a later date. Under Jessica’s Law, Chasteen faces a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison for each rape conviction. 

Senior Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marrero is the prosecutor assigned to this case. Chasteen is represented by Grant Hartley, Sean Lo, and Rosie Acorn-Rubenstein of Metropolitan Public Defender.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office thanks the Portland Police Bureau and the Gresham Police Department for their assistance with this case.