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Father of victim wants to know why sex offender was back on the street

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Themba Kelley, seen here in court in 2014, was arrested again this week after police said he broke into a 16-year-old’s bedroom, just months after breaking into another woman’s apartment. (KPTV) Themba Kelley, seen here in court in 2014, was arrested again this week after police said he broke into a 16-year-old’s bedroom, just months after breaking into another woman’s apartment. (KPTV)
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A local father is asking why a dangerous man was out on the street after learning the registered sex offender accused of groping his daughter in a Baskin Robbins bathroom before committing other crimes was just arrested again.

Themba Kelley was supposed to face a judge on his new charges Wednesday, but that court appearance never happened.

Kelley refused to leave his cell, and jail staff said they’d have to force him out, so the judge set it over for Thursday.

FOX 12 spoke with Kelley in 2014 when he was in court for violating parole.

“They have me on the news for failure to report to my probation officer? That's not violating my constitutional rights on any level?” he questioned at the time.

Kelley was in court at that time after approaching a 12-year-old girl at her northeast Portland home, months after he took a plea agreement after being accused of groping a girl working at Baskin Robbins in the bathroom of the ice cream shop.

He was also convicted of criminal mischief after breaking into a woman’s apartment in January of this year and picked up again Tuesday after breaking into a southeast Portland home and coming into a 16-year-old girl’s bedroom.

Kelley has a long criminal record spanning 27 years and four states, and Michael Kiriazis, the father of the girl at the Baskin Robbins, wants prosecutors to do more.

Kiriazis said he was told Kelley would be put away for a long time and is frustrated that not only was Kelley out on the street again but that they had no idea he’d been released.

“My question is what does it take to get a guy like this off the street?” Kiriazis said. “It’s just heartbreaking how he is assaulting these teenage girls and nothing happens to him and nobody’s accountable for it. The system’s broken and I’ve lost faith.”

Officials with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office noted that the prosecutor who tried the case back in 2014 is no longer in the office, but added that Kelley’s entire case file is now being reviewed by the prosecutor on this newest case.

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