Sex Offender Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for a 2013 Kidnapping and Sexual Assault (Photo)

Sex Offender Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for a 2013 Kidnapping and Sexual Assault (Photo)

November 26, 2014 09:30


On Monday November 24, 2014, 34-year-old James Ezell Clark was sentenced to 40 years in prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in 2013.

This investigation began on September 18, 2013, at 3:16 a.m., when Central Precinct officers responded to the area of Southeast 3rd Avenue and Main Street on the report of a sexual assault.

Officers arrived and contacted the victim who told police that she was sleeping in her friend's car in the area of Southwest 2nd Avenue and Oak Street. The victim told police that she woke-up with a stranger sexually assaulting her in her friend's car, which had been moved across the Willamette River to Southeast 3rd and Main.

A passerby riding a bicycle heard the victim screaming and went to see what was happening. The passerby had a flashlight and shined it into the car, which allowed the victim to escape the vehicle. The suspect then sped away in her friend's car. The passerby waited with the victim until police and medical personnel responded to the scene.

The same day, the victim received a complete sexual assault examination at a Portland hospital, which was key to obtaining critical evidence in the case which was submitted to the Oregon State Police Crime Lab for analysis,

Ultimately, DNA was used to identify James Clark as the suspect in this case. Clark is a Registered Sex Offender in Oregon after a 2002 conviction for Rape in the First Degree. Clark was arrested on November 26, 2013, by the US Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members that stranger-to-stranger sexual assaults are fortunately a rare occurrence.

The Portland Police Bureau collaborates with government agencies and community organizations that provide access to advocacy services to victims of sexual assaults.

A victim may be accompanied by a sexual assault advocate or other appropriate support person during the reporting process and/or criminal investigation.

* Multnomah County Victims' Assistance Program: Provides support during the reporting of sexual assaults and referrals to victim services and resources: (503) 988-3270.

* Portland Women's Crisis Line (PWCL): Provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources: 24 hour crisis line: (503) 235-5333, or 1-888-235-5333.

* Project UNICA - (Proyecto UNICA): Provides access to advocacy services for Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 24 hour crisis line: (503) 232-4448, or 1-888-232-4448.

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau WomenStrength, GirlStrength and BoyStrength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.

To learn more information about these programs, call (503) 823-0260 or visit



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