Portland State student arrested in connection with sexual assault

On Feb. 18, detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit arrested 26-year-old Portland State student Othman Mohammed Al-Oraini for charges stemming from an investigation of the sexual assault of another PSU student on Feb. 3.

Al-Oraini was charged with attempted rape in the first degree and sex abuse in the first degree, and booked into the Multnomah County Jail. He was arraigned on these crimes Feb. 19, according to PPB’s press release.

The assault did not occur on PSU’s campus, but at a residential building nearby.

PPB was aided in the investigation by the Campus Public Safety Office, said CPSO Chief Phil Zerzan.

“The assault occurring off campus made the investigation PPB’s case,” he said. “But as both the suspect and the victim were PSU students, we were able to help facilitate the investigation and connect the victim with on-campus resources.”

According to PPB’s press release, CPSO’s assistance helped result in the identification of the suspect and his eventual arrest.

The investigation began on Feb. 3, when the 19-year-old victim reported to police that a person she knew had sexually assaulted her.

PPB’s press release is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/read.cfm?id=4805.