He was restrained by a coach

Gee, it’s all rape and harassment and more harassment day. Here’s a shocker:

Jeremiah True, the Reed College student who made headlines in March for protesting his professor’s decision to remove him from class, was arrested on Thursday by the Portland, Oregon police for alleged sex abuse, harassment, and disorderly conduct.

According to an employee at Rugby Oregon, a youth rugby organization based in Portland, True was arrested for disrupting a high school girls’ rugby practice. He was restrained by a coach who called the police, the employee said.

In March, True drew national attention after he started an online petition claiming he was unfairly removed from the seminar portion of his humanities class for questioning statistics on sexual assault. Other students and his professor said it was his disruptive behavior, not his views, that created a hostile learning environment and resulted in his dismissal.

Wo, who could have seen that coming?!! Normally people who question statistics on sexual assault are serious scholars, not guys who get busted for harassing high school girls trying to play rugby.

Update: more on the story, h/t Charles Sullivan:

A probable cause affidavit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court says a Reed College student was arrested for sex abuse against a 17-year-old girl.

Portland Police arrested 20-year-old Jeremiah True Thursday after he touched a 17-year-old girl and made an inappropriate comment, according to court documents.

According to court documents, police say the teenage girls were practicing at Normandale Park when he walked up to one of them “and made physical contact with her by caressing her hair and arm.”

Police say he then walked off for a bit before coming back and making the comment that brought the situation to their attention, according to court documents.

True is charged with third-degree sex abuse and harassment.

H/t Stacy




  1. says

    From the article:

    Collins told Couric that most people are broken in some way and choose or get to hide that about themselves.

    That much is true, but people aren’t judged by how fucked up they are. They’re judged by how fucked up they act.
    If he had only had the thought, but refused to act, nobody would ever have known and he’d have been blameless, even if they did. However, once he acted, the scenario changed.

    Fact is that through all of this, he was in perfect control of himself. We know this, because he didn’t molest young girls in public; only in private. He had enough control over his desires that he chose to act on them only when he thought he could get away with it.

    In other words: He could have stopped himself. He just chose not to. End of story.

  2. says

    Umm, I believe that my comment at #1 was supposed to have been posted at another thread. My apologies. That’s what happens when you have several tabs open at the same time :/

  3. kaboobie says

    Correction: it was not the following semester, it was the class the professor taught directly after the one from which True was excluded.

  4. LeSchlumb says

    “made physical contact with her by caressing her hair and arm.”
    =>True is charged with third-degree sex abuse and harassment
    It’s impossible to take americans seriously.

  5. Anathema says

    @ LeSchlumb, #7:

    According to The Oregonian, this is what True did after that:

    True walked off, talking to himself, but returned to the park about 30 minutes later and approached a 17-year-old female and touched her breast with his open hand, and make a remark about her chest, the affidavit said.

    Even if you think that touching someone’s arm and hair against their will doesn’t qualify as abuse or harassment, surely you’d agree that groping a high school student’s breasts would?

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