Moji Momeni Iranian Immigrant slumlord in Beaverton Oregon arrested for demanding blow-jobs of female tenants – now a sex offender

 fact : Moji Momeni, slumlord, has a scholarship fund that can only be used by Iranians.Talk about discrimination.

Iranian Immigrant slumlord in Beaverton Oregon arrested for demanding blow-jobs of female tenants – now a sex offender he should be deported instead

 
 Moji Momeni

Landlord accused of sexually abusing tenant: A community leader allegedly abused a woman late with her rent

— Landlord sexually abused tenant, county judge rules: A woman behind on her rent testifies that the Beaverton man took advantage of her plight

, Oct. 24, 2006 — Landlord who sexually abused mentally ill tenant gets 45 days: The judge contrasts the man’s good works and problems with women tenants

Moji Momeni

BEAVERTON — A Beaverton landlord and community leader has been accused of forcing a single mother who was late with her rent to perform sexual acts.

Moji Momeni, 49, was indicted by a Washington County grand jury on two counts of second-degree sexual abuse in connection with a December incident. He turned himself in Tuesday and was released after posting $1,000 bond.

Momeni, a former volunteer on a state board reviewing foster care cases and a Beaverton committee dealing with land-use issues, faced similar accusations in 1997.

Officer Mark Hyde, Beaverton Police Department spokesman, said Wednesday that the most recent accusations are from a woman, 37, who rented an apartment from Momeni.

The woman told police she went to Momeni’s office in the 12100 block of Southwest Longhorn Lane on Dec. 17 to discuss her overdue rent. According to Hyde, she said Momeni asked for a hug after they reached an agreement on payment. The woman told investigators that Momeni fondled her before forcing her to perform oral sex.

In 1997, Momeni was charged with third-degree sexual abuse after another single mother who was late with her rent accused him of trying to fondle her. The charges were dismissed in 1998 before the case went to trial.

Court records indicate charges were dropped because of a civil compromise in the case, which indicated Momeni paid the woman outside court to settle her complaint.

The Beaverton man is listed as the owner of more than 15 properties, many of them multifamily residences, in Beaverton.

Momeni is a past member of the Beaverton Committee for Citizen Involvement — a group that deals with land-use issues in the city.

Momeni is a past member of the Citizen Review Board of the Office of the State Court Administrator.

Momeni also has been active in the Iranian-American community. He was praised in an article written by a staff member of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs.

Momeni’s attorney, Stephen A. Houze, said Momeni pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. Houze declined to comment further, saying he thought it was “inappropriate” for anyone to say anything before the case goes to court.

HILLSBORO — A judge ruled Thursday that a prominent Beaverton landlord is guilty of sexually abusing a former tenant who was behind in her rent.

Moji Momeni, 50, is a powerful man who repeatedly preyed on women who were vulnerable because they were poor, mentally ill or otherwise defenseless, said Jeff Lesowski, a Washington County senior deputy district attorney.

Momeni was convicted of two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of third-degree sexual abuse. He faces as much as one year in jail, although the presumptive sentence is probation, Lesowski said.

Washington County Circuit Judge Marco Hernandez said the case came down to the credibility of the victim, a disabled 38-year-old mother of three who was separated from her husband and facing financial struggles.

The woman testified that she went to Momeni’s office in December after he threatened to evict her. He forced her to perform a sex act with the implicit understanding that she wouldn’t have to pay her rent of $575.

Three former tenants, all women, testified during the two-day bench trial that Momeni made inappropriate comments to them and touched them in ways that made them feel uncomfortable. None of those instances resulted in criminal charges.

In addition, Momeni was charged in 1997 with third-degree sexual abuse after another woman who was late with her rent accused him of trying to fondle her. The charges were dismissed in 1998 before the case went to trial.

Court records indicate charges were dropped because of a civil compromise in the case, which indicated Momeni paid the woman outside court to settle her complaint.

HILLSBORO — A judge sentenced a Beaverton landlord on Monday to 45 days in jail for sexually abusing a mentally ill former tenant..

Hernandez convicted Momeni on Oct. 5 of two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of third-degree sexual abuse. The victim testified that she went to Momeni’s office in December after he threatened to evict her. He forced her to perform a sex act with the understanding that she wouldn’t have to pay her $575 rent.

Three former tenants, all women, testified during the two-day bench trial that Momeni made inappropriate comments to them and touched them in ways that made them uncomfortable. None of those instances resulted in criminal charges.

Jeff Lesowski, a senior deputy district attorney, said Monday that Momeni took advantage of women in crisis.

Hernandez also sentenced Momeni to five years of probation and registering as a sex offender before he was taken away in handcuffs.

“My goal was to get him registered as a sex offender so other girls like me wouldn’t be afraid anymore,” the victim said.

Four people testified on Momeni’s behalf, including two tenants who said he was kind and fair.

Momeni’s lawyer, Stephen Houze, said he would ask the sheriff’s office to allow Momeni into the work-release program so he could continue to manage his apartments.

 
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