Last Thursday, a local attorney posted 14,500 pages of files from the Boy Scouts of America dating between 1959 and 1985. The attorney used the files as evidence in a 2010 lawsuit he won against the Scouts. After posting the files, his site received over 200,000 hits within the first few hours.
On Monday, a federal court in Oregon ruled in a sex abuse case that the Holy See is not the employer of priests. The ruling puts an end to a six-year issue in a decade-old case and means that the Vatican may be protected from possible monetary damages.
The Oregon Department of Justice recently agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a case in which a Bend family accused a government agency of conducting an improper interview during a child sex abuse investigation.
Today in United States v. Carpenter, a case out of the Portland division of the District of Oregon, the 9th Circuit joined the 2nd and 8th Circuits in holding that the production of child pornography necessarily involves the "sexual abuse" of children as that term is defined under federal criminal law.
Earlier this month, a Portland man was freed from prison after his 23-year-old daughter recanted accusations that her father raped her as a young girl on at least three separate occasions. The man was reportedly charged with rape back in 2001 based on entries his then 11-year-old girl made in her personal journal. As a result, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
According to the Portland Tribune, an officer in the Portland Police Bureau has been accused of multiple sex charges.
On Wednesday, a 36-year-old youth coach in the Portland area pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of sex abuse involving three girls.
On Wednesday, a 50-year-old Georgia man filed a lawsuit in an Iowa state court against the Boy Scouts of America, alleging that he was sexually abused as a teenager by a well-known Iowa scoutmaster in the 1970s. The scoutmaster, who died in 1992, served on the Boy Scouts' national council for a number of years and received two of the highest honors in scouting.
Former NFL lineman Michael Wayne Current, who played with the Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins during his football career, was recently found to dead at an Oregon wildlife refuge. Authorities are saying that Current committed suicide, and are pointing to impending criminal charges as a potential explanation.