1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
July 02, 2008 00:00
On June 26, 2008, investigators from the Portland Police Bureau Child Abuse Team arrested 31-year-old Maximo Ake-Be on one count of Rape in the First Degree, two counts of Rape in the Second Degree, four counts of Sodomy in the First Degree, four counts of Sodomy in the Second Degree and nine counts of Sex Abuse in the First Degree in connection with a series of sexual assaults dating back to 1998. The investigation began when two female victims recently reported that Ake-Be sexually assaulted them between 1998 and 2000.
The crime occurred when the victims and their families attended The Peach House, a private in-home church located in the 5300 block of Northeast Hoyt Street. At the time, Ake-Be was a leader of the church. The two victims were approximately eight and twelve years old when the sexual assaults began.
In 2006, Ake-Be became the Senior Pastor of Iglesia De Dios, located at 400 South Pacific Avenue, Kelso, Washington. Ake-Be was arrested in Kelso, Washington. Ake-Be’s church shares space with High Praises Fellowship Church in Kelso, Washington. No one affiliated with High Praises Fellowship Church is involved in or a suspect in this investigation.
Investigators have reason to believe there are additional victims, associated with The Peach House Church, Iglesia De Dios or the High Praises Fellowship Church, who have not come forward to report a crime.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portland Police Detective Mace Winter at (503) 823-0182, or Kelso Police Department Detective Damon Blain at (360) 577-3412.
This investigation is continuing.
Sgt. Pete Simpson