Rape Kit Testing Leads To Indictment

On Thursday, April 5, 2018, 49-year-old Chanh Van Tran was indicted by a Multnomah County Grand Jury on charges of Rape in the Third Degree, Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, and two counts of Sodomy in the Second Degree.

This investigation began in 2012 when a Portland Police Bureau Detective Division Sex Crimes Unit Victim Specialist and a member of the Youth Services Division received a report of a sexual assault from a victim, who was 14 years old at the time of the reported assault. Members of the Sex Crimes Unit continued the investigation.

Tran is currently serving time in the Oregon Department of Corrections for an unrelated charge.

This is the most recent indictment as part of a broader effort in Portland to test previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Through the combined assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) and the District Attorney's Office of New York (DANY) grants, a work group is committed to bringing justice to victims, identifying offenders and solving more cold cases.

The Sex Crimes Unit, a victim-centered and trauma-informed investigative unit, encourages those who have had a SAFE kit collected prior to 2015 to contact the roseproject@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0125.

Because of the very personal and confidential nature of these crimes, the Rose Project will not provide information to anyone except the victim listed in the respective police report.

For more information on the Rose Project, visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/568261

Source: Portland Police Bureau


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