Former Benson High Coach Charged With Harassment

Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill says 46-year-old Leon Donald McKenzie III was arraigned on an indictment that charges him with two counts of harassment.  

McKenzie III is accused of unlawfully and intentionally harassing two minor females by subjecting them to offensive physical contact in 2017 and 2018, according to the indictment, which was returned by a grand jury earlier this month.

On October 22, 2018, McKenzie III turned himself into the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office at the Multnomah County Circuit Courthouse.

McKenzie III appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Marilyn E. Litzenberger on October 23, 2018 at the Multnomah County Justice Center where he was arraigned. McKenzie III was appointed a criminal defense attorney and a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf. The next court date scheduled in this matter is November 30, 2018.

This investigation began earlier this year when the Benson High School principal contacted the Portland Police Bureau’s Youth Services Division about potential misconduct allegations involving McKenzie III. At that time, McKenzie III was an athletic coach at the high school. Detectives assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s Family Services Division and Sex Crimes Unit were asked to conduct investigative follow up on the allegations.

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