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Southeast Gresham Man Arrested for Nine Charges Related to Child Abuse
by Oregon State Media, Inc.
  Wednesday February 17, 2016 - 7:00 PM
 
Gresham, Ore.--Armando Isabel Fleming, 20, was arrested on the morning of Feb. 16 at his southeast Gresham home and is facing nine charges related to sexual crimes against children.

Accused of having inappropriate contact with three teenage girls, Fleming was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of online sexual corruption of a child, rape in the third degree, sexual abuse in second degree, luring a minor, and using a child in a sexual display. All of the victims are more than four years younger than Fleming.

Detectives believe Fleming met the girls during his senior year of high school and continued to interact with them after graduation. He is being accused of sending and soliciting sexually explicit pictures over smartphones, taking significant steps to meet with the victims, and engaging in sexual contact with two of them.

Police are concerned Fleming may have attempted or had similar contact with other underage girls. "This case brings to light a growing concern," said police detective Adam Wright. "Abusers using smartphones, apps, and social media to connect with victims."

Detective Wright said the abuse often starts with text messaging but quickly progresses to asking for sexually explicit photos or wanting to meet in person. "The abuse can often go undetected for a long time because initially it doesn't involve meeting in person; the abuser can be (digitally) in a child's bedroom without the parent's knowledge," Wright said.

"This case highlights the importance for parents and guardians to check their kid's devices to see who they're talking with and what they're talking about." Wright added. "Even if kids think it's invading their privacy, it's really done to keep them safe."

Anyone who believes Fleming has had illegal or concerning contact with them or their child is asked to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.