Father says man accused of sex abuse targeted his daughter
OREGON CITY, Ore. - The man accused of handcuffing and abusing three teenage girls has a history of seeking out young girls, according to one father.
Brandon Murdock James, 24, made his first court appearance Wednesday. He's accused of luring three 13-year-old girls to his Milwaukie apartment on separate occasions before giving each of them alcohol, handcuffing them and then sexually abusing them.
This might not be the first time he's tried something like this. Joseph Hall, whose family used to live near James, said in 2011 he caught James trying to see his 13-year-old daughter.
Hall said he chased James down the street to get him away. He wasn't ever sure of the guy's full name until he saw KATU's story.
"Last night when I saw the story, and I saw this guy, I was like, that's this guy," Hall told KATU News Wednesday. "I called my daughter and my daughter said, 'Oh, he's just a creeper. He's a weirdo.'"
Hall said he found out from his daughter that James frequently hung out with young girls and that he has a history of "acting weird" around them.
James appeared briefly via video in Clackamas County court. He looked worried but didn't sound concerned when he asked to "look at (his) options" for either a court appointed or hired attorney.
His bail was set at $500,000, and he has another preliminary hearing set for Oct. 2.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office told KATU News that James' apartment had been known as a "party house" by young teens.
County investigators are worried there may be more victims out there. But right now they say they don't have any evidence that there are any other victims.
Anyone with more information about James that can help investigators can contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office at (503) 723-4949 or email their online form.