Accuser: Portland rape suspect had ecstasy lab

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by KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 10:10 PM

PORTLAND -- The attorney for a North Portland man accused of drugging and sexually assaulting several women said in court Thursday his client denies the charges.

Marlin Brandt Pohlman, 43, was arrested for several sex crimes as he returned from Thailand to Portland International Airport early Wednesday morning, said Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Detectives interviewed four women who accused Pohlman of giving them drugs and in three cases, sexually assaulting them while they were unconscious, Simpson said. Investigators located what they believed was a drug lab at Pohlman's home, in the 7100 block of North Chase Avenue.

One accuser said Pohlman was known to manufacture MDMA (Ecstasy) and had medical-grade nitrous oxide tanks.

In court documents, two women said they were at parties where Pohlman offered them nitrous, one of them reported being sexually assaulted afterwards.

One said she felt something injected into her at a different party. That woman was taken to Oregon Health and Sciences University with an increased heartbeat and mild hallucinations, documents show.

In one case, a woman said she met Pohlman at a bar then accepted a drink from him, before she became intoxicated. She said Pohlman took her home and tried to sexually assault her.

A fourth woman said she was working for Pohlman cleaning his home when he offered her nitrous and other drugs. That woman could not recall being sexually assaulted.

Neighbors were stunned to learn of the allegations as police gathered evidence from the house and garage.

"We all watch out for everybody," said Jeanne Cullen, who lives nearby. "I don't think anybody on the street expected any of this."

Pohlman was jailed on 25 charges, including two counts each of kidnapping and rape, and four counts of causing someone to ingest a controlled substance. His bail was set at more than $2 million.

Detectives said there may have been additional victims. Anyone with information was asked to call detective Tracy Chamberlin at (503) 823-0400 or send an email to Tracy.Chamberlin@PortlandOregon.gov.

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KGW Reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report.

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