The ex-wife of predatory sex offender Adam Brown told Fox 12 she's had concerns over how his case was handled from the beginning.
"It's a nightmare that's come back to life," said Nancy Plambaeck.
Brown, convicted more than 20 years ago, is now accused of stabbing and trying to sexually assault a boy inside the bathroom of Wendy's in Northeast Portland.
He was arraigned on Monday on charges including assault, attempted aggravated murder and attempted sex abuse.
Back in the 1990s, Brown was accused of trying to infect his young victims with the HIV virus, which he carries. Prosecutors allege he sexually abused multiple boys and girls in Roseburg, plying them with drugs, alcohol and pornography.
In a plea deal, Brown was convicted of reduced charges, three counts of sodomy, and he served 11 years in prison.
"He should have never got released," said Plambaeck. "They should have never plea bargained in the beginning. From day one, it took the wrong course."
Brown was released from prison in 2004, and state records reveal numerous post-prison violations ranging from possession of meth, porn, unauthorized contact with minors, failure to report to his parole officer, even a conviction of ID theft.
The reports list issues including a severe psychiatric episode and manic episodes from failing to take mental health medications as prescribed.
In a report by his parole officer in early 2012, he's quoted in a message to his parole officer as saying, "you will never see me again, except possibly in the media."
The parole officer writes, "Mr. Brown has continued his pattern of violation behavior. He is out of control in the community, as evidenced by his ongoing criminal behavior."
As a result of his violations, Brown was sent to jail seven times, post prison, for stints which ranged from 15 days to 90 days.
"He was not in compliance with his supervision," said Jeremiah Stromberg, a board member of the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision. "We responded with the level of authority that we have available.
"Sending him back to prison has never been an option," said Stromberg. "The board doesn't have the authority to send him back to prison. We can only use local jail sanctions to intervene with his behavior."
Stromberg said Brown was released from jail as recently as April and again stopped reporting to his parole officer. A warrant was issued for his arrest in June. He was wanted for that violation at the time of the attack over the weekend.
"We certainly knew he was a high-risk sex offender," said Stromberg. "Ultimately, though, outside of incarceration, there's no way to monitor him 24/7."
Stromberg said as with anytime someone reoffends, the case will be reviewed and evaluated. A Multnomah County spokesperson said their supervision will be reviewed as well.
"Somebody needs to be held accountable," said Nancy Plambaeck. "They need to investigate it."
She said she would like answers, as her thoughts remain with the victims and their families.
"My heart goes out to them. I understand exactly what they're going through and more. There's no excuse," Plambaeck said.
Portland police say the boy attacked at Wendy's has been released from the hospital. His family has asked for privacy as they try to recover from the traumatic experience.
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