Report: Portland man arrested in Antifa riots charged for child sex abuse, pornography

Analysis by WorldTribune Staff, November 4, 2022

William David Kerr, whose charges during the Portland Antifa riots were dropped by prosecutors, has been arrested again, this time being charged with multiple felonies related to sexually abusing a child and making child pornography, independent journalist Andy Ngo reported.

William David Kerr

The 35-year-old Kerr was arrested by Gresham Police on Nov. 2 and charged with felony first-degree sexual abuse, felony using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, and two charges of fourth-degree assault.

“Kerr is a career criminal and convicted felon who was arrested at a violent Antifa riot in 2016 in downtown Portland after Donald Trump was announced as the presidential election winner against Hillary Clinton,” Ngo wrote. “For three days, Antifa and far-left rioters smashed up businesses and cars, and also started fires across the city. Kerr’s second-degree disorderly conduct charge over the riot was quickly dropped by prosecutors.”

In 2020, Kerr shared a video on social media in which he defends rioting and looting.

Critics say that Portland has become notorious as a soft-on-crime haven and Kerr’s criminal history appears to back up that contention.

In 2006, Kerr was convicted of attempting to commit both a Class A and Class B felony over a violent robbery case. In March 2021, he was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, attempted murder, unlawful use of a weapon, and other felony charges. The attempted murder and attempt to commit a Class A felony charges were dropped by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office under DA Mike Schmidt while a judge dismissed the remaining felony charges.

Ngo noted that a protection order case for a minor was opened against Kerr in September.


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