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ISKCON Temple Attacker Convicted Of Bias Crime


ISKCON Temple Attacker Convicted Of Bias Crime
By Washington County District Attorney   |  Apr 10, 2022

Portland Local News
ISKCON Temple Attacker Convicted Of Bias Crime
Apr 1, 2022

On March 30, 2022, Washington County Circuit Court Judge Brandon Thompson discovered Sean Lawrence Michel-White responsible of two counts of first-degree bias crime, second-degree bias crime, two counts of fourth-degree assault, and harassment in a bench trial. He was then sentenced to a few years of formal probation after serving seven months in jail. Deputy District Attorney Mitchell Diesko prosecuted the case in opposition to the defendant.

On August 29, 2021, the defendant went to an ISKCON Temple situated in Hillsboro, Oregon. Members of the temple initially welcomed the defendant however requested that he put on a masks. He refused and have become combative. He then entered the temple, tried to knock over statues, hit two members of the congregation, bit them, and prompted harm to a number of individuals.

Community members have been in a position to subdue the defendant till Hillsboro police arrived. He instructed officers he was a Hindu god and that members of the temple weren’t working towards their religion appropriately as a result of they have been worshipping the fallacious god.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office needs to commend Hillsboro police and neighborhood members for his or her actions.

In addition to his probation, Judge Thompson additionally ordered the defendant to bear psychological well being therapy and to don’t have any contact with the temple or any of the victims.

This workplace was lately awarded $300,000 in aggressive grant funding to assist launch the brand new Bias Crime Multidisciplinary Team (MDT). Team members are devoted to defending weak neighborhood members and holding offenders accountable. To study extra about these efforts, visit our website.

Source: Washington County District Attorney

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