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Thara Memory indicted on multiple sex abuse charges / UPDATED

Grand jury indictments says KGW, "girls and women." UPDATE: Full police statement included.

KGW is reporting:

"Famed local musician and jazz instructor Thara Memory has been indicted by a Multnomah County grand jury on numerous counts of sex abuse.

The Portland police Sex Crimes Unit opened an investigation after receiving a complaint about Memory in September, 2016 involving a student. Detectives soon learned of other victims, both girls and women going back to 2014.

Memory, 68, was arrainged Monday. He was charged with eight counts of third-degree sex abuse; two counts of attempted third-degree sex abuse, and harrassment.

Police think there may be other victims. Anyone with information should contact Detective Jeff Myers at 503-823-0595."

Read the full story.


On Monday February 27, 2017, 68-year-old Thara John Memory was arraigned in Multnomah County Court after a grand jury indicted him on numerous counts of sex abuse and other charges.

After arraignment, Memory was booked and released from the Multnomah County Jail on the indictment charges of Sex Abuse in the Third Degree (eight counts), Attempted Sex Abuse in the Third Degree (two counts) and Harassment.

Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives began an investigation into Memory after receiving a complaint in September 2016 about Memory's conduct with a student. Through that investigation, detectives learned of additional victims and different incidents going back to 2014. The investigation found that Memory's victims include both juvenile and adult female victims.

Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives believe there may be additional victims that have not contacted police. Any victims of Memory's behavior or anyone with information about additional victims is asked to contact Detective Jeff Myers at 503-823-0595, jeff.myers@portlandoregon.gov.

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Ginger Bradshaw

How can they let this man out on bail when it involves juveniles????

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