Gresham sexual abuse suspect held on $14 million bail

Booking photo for Jason McConnell from the Multnomah County Jail.

GRESHAM, Ore. – A 45-year-old was arrested by Gresham Police Tuesday on dozens of sexual abuse charges involving an underage girl, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said.

Jason McConnell was charged with 56 counts of first-degree sexual abuse; he was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on $14 million bail.

The charges stem from allegations that he started sexually abusing a girl when she was 10 years old, and that the abuse happened regularly until she was 14.

She is now 23 years old and is “known to McConnell,” but not a blood relative, the district attorney’s office said.

McConnell was previously booked into the Multnomah County Jail last July on nine counts of second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse. That case is still pending.

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