Police: Security guard arrested for kissing woman at OMSI, approaching other women

Police: Security guard arrested for kissing woman at OMSI, approaching other women
Jerry Johnson

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland police arrested a man who they said kissed a woman at OMSI and approached other women in Southeast Portland earlier this week.

Officers arrested Jerry Johnson, 44, at his Northwest Portland home Friday night. Johnson faces one count of sex abuse in the third degree.

Police said Johnson approached a female volunteer at OMSI on July 12, made suggestive comments to her and hugged and kissed her while she was trying to get away from him. Two days later, police received a report of a man with a similar description who tried to get a woman to pull down a side street near Southeast Clinton and Milwaukie Avenue.

Two more women came forward later in the week to report that they were approached or engaged by the same suspicious man near OMSI.

Police said Johnson was driving a minivan with “SECURITY” taped to the side door. He was working as a security guard, but quit his job on July 17 “due to intense public scrutiny on the case,” Sgt. Pete Simpson said in a news release.

Johnson is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.