Man accused of raping Tinder date is now charged with sexual abuse of 3 other women | #tinder | #pof

A man who was accused last month of raping a woman he had just met on Tinder is now charged with dozens more counts of sexual abuse against three other women.

Mitchell Beckwith in his booking photo

The Multnomah County district attorney’s office said on Tuesday that Mitchell Beckwith, 27, now faces 38 counts including strangulation, rape, sexual abuse, kidnapping, identity theft and compelling and promoting prostitution.

The new indictment replaces one from November, in which Beckwith faced a dozen charges related to accusations that he raped a woman he had just met via Tinder, a dating application, and kidnapped, threatened and forced her to perform sex acts for money.

Multnomah County district attorney’s office spokesman Brent Weisberg said he couldn’t comment on whether the women linked to the new charges also met Beckwith on dating applications. But the allegations of sexual abuse span the last two years.

According to court documents, the first instance of abuse was in November 2017, when Beckwith allegedly raped, sexually abused and stole property from a woman.

In July of 2018, Beckwith allegedly kidnapped, raped and sexually abused a second woman. Documents also say Beckwith strangled the woman and threatened her with a weapon.

In June and July of 2019, Beckwith allegedly sexually abused and attempted to rape a third victim, threatening and strangling her and stealing from her.

According to court documents, the most recent victim had got into contact with Beckwith in November through Tinder about two days before they met in person. She told police that Beckwith picked her up from her apartment and they drove around town before ending up at Northeast Portland’s Rocky Butte. Once there, she told police, Beckwith started touching her without her consent and when she told him to stop, he “put his forearm across her throat to prevent her from breathing.”

The probable cause affidavit says the woman began screaming, but Beckwith threatened her and then pulled out a roll of duct tape from underneath his car seat. Records say he had his pants pulled down at that time.

The woman told police Beckwith took her cellphones away. She said he raped her and forced her to perform oral sex on him several times while he drove around town. She said he then dropped her off at home and demanded that she bring him $10, telling her that he would return to “take her out to make him some money.”

The woman told her roommate what happened, and while she was at the hospital to get a rape kit evaluation, police went back to her apartment, where they found Beckwith.

Beckwith was a basketball standout at Marshall High School a decade ago. In 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of identity theft.

—Jayati Ramakrishnan; 503-221-4320; jramakrishnan@oregonian.com; @JRamakrishnanOR

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