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Warren man arrested for sex crimes in Troutdale

Hill admits in police affidavit of using the Internet to meet victim


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - HillA 36-year-old Warren man is accused of attempted sexual abuse and sodomy of a minor after he was arrested last week in a church parking lot in Troutdale.

James Michael Hill was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court Thursday, Sept. 26 on one count of online sexual corruption of a child in the first-degree, attempted sodomy in the third-degree and two counts of attempted sexual abuse in the second-degree.

Hill is accused of driving to a Troutdale church parking lot to engage in sexual acts with a 14-year-old boy he met online.

A Troutdale police officer investigated Hill initially for trespassing and, upon later suspicion, for attempting to engage in sexual behavior with a minor Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 1 a.m. in the parking lot of The Chapel Church, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Hill was parked in his vehicle with the victim in the passenger seat, the affidavit states. Hill admitted to the officer that he had met the victim online, but said the minor told him he was 16. The minor later told the officer he was only 14 and also admitted to corresponding with Hill through email and text on his cellphone.

The affidavit states Hill eventually admitted to corresponding with the minor through email and text and informed the officer that he planned to engage in sexual behavior with the boy. Upon searching Hill’s vehicle, the officer found Hill in possession of Trojan condoms, the affidavit states.

At the Troutdale precinct, the minor showed the officer his email correspondence with Hill, corroborating both accounts of the incident.

A court-appointed attorney entered a not guilty plea on Hill’s behalf. Hill’s next court date is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4.

According to a 2010 study in the Journal of Adolescent Health, in 82 percent of online sex crimes against minors, the offender used the victim’s social networking site to gain information about the victim’s likes and dislikes, 65 percent of online sex offenders used the victim’s social networking site to gain home and school information about the victim and 26 percent of online sex offenders used the victim’s social networking site to gain information about the victim’s whereabouts at a specific time.