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Two suspects arrested for sex offenses near schools

October 23, 2003 00:00


Within the past 30 days, the Portland Police Bureau's School Police and officials from the Portland Public Schools have worked together to investigate possible sex offenses on or near Portland Public School property. Two recent incidents reflect the need for parents, students, police and educators to continue to work together to ensure the safety of children:

The first incident occurred on September 30, 2003, at approximately 1 p.m., when a suspect, later identified as 24-year-old Kurt Verbout, exposed himself to an 11-year-old female near Gregory Heights Middle School. Based on information received in the initial investigation, undercover officers conducted surveillance and arrested Verbout on October 6, 2003. Verbout was arrested on One Count of Public Indecency and One Count of Reckless Driving. He is currently on probation and prohibited from having contact with minors.

The second incident occurred on October 22, 2003, near Jackson Middle School when a suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Smain Zhari, reportedly touched and possibly exposed himself to an individual near the school. At approximately 1 a.m. on October 23, 2003, Portland Police received a second call to the 4700 Block of Southwest Luradel regarding a suspect who allegedly grabbed a female near an apartment complex. Zhari was arrested and was later identified as the suspect in the Jackson Middle School complaint. He has been charged with One Count of Public Indecency, Two Counts of Harassment and Three Counts of Disorderly Conduct.

Police and school officials have been working closely together to ensure the safety of students. However, these cases illustrate the ongoing need for parents and guardians to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity on or near school property.


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