Oregon man accused of luring missing Edmonton teen to make U.S. court appearance: police

The Oregon man jailed after police rescued a missing Edmonton girl is likely to appear in court Tuesday, police say.

Edmontonians breathed a sign of relief Saturday when city police announced the girl, 13, had been located alive in Oregon City, more than 1,500 km from the home where she was last seen June 24.

Forty-one-year-old Noah Madrano was arrested early Saturday by Oregon City Police and jailed on state charges, the FBI’s Portland field office said. Edmonton police did not release the man’s name but said he will be charged in Canada with child luring, with possible additional charges as the investigation continues.

In an email Sunday, Oregon City Police Department Capt. Shaun Davis said police reports have been sent to the district attorney in Clackamas County, who will review them Tuesday after the Fourth of July holiday and formally decide which charges to file.

After that, Madrano, who is being held at the county jail, will appear before a judge for arraignment, after which the district attorney will present the case to a grand jury — a group of citizens who determine whether to bring criminal charges against a defendant.

Postmedia reached out to District Attorney John Wentworth for additional details but did not hear back by press time.

‘Disturbing’ broadcast

On Sunday, Portland community radio station KBOO tweeted to say it was investigating “disturbing information” regarding the alleged behaviour of an on-air volunteer.

“We have taken appropriate actions regarding this person’s involvement with KBOO,” the station added.

Madrano is listed on a podcast app as the producer and co-host of a program that aired on KBOO. Postmedia messaged an email address linked to the podcast but did not receive a response.

The program’s most recent episode — since deleted — features a segment in which the host pretends to have phone sex with a teenage girl.

A girl’s voice can be heard on the recording, but it is unclear who she is, or if the voice has been altered or simulated. Postmedia asked Oregon City Police whether the agency is aware of the recording but did not hear back by press time.

In response to an email from Postmedia, KBOO board vice-president KatMeow Garcia, who uses they/them pronouns, condemned content advocating abuse of minors and said the station was not aware of the June 13 segment before the show went to air.


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