Records reveal ASPSU presidential candidate Tony Funchess convicted of sodomy and attempted rape

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Presidential candidate Tony Funchess at a recent ASPSU debate. Miles Sanguinetti/PSU Vanguard

Court records obtained by the Vanguard reveal that in 2007 Tony Funchess, presidential candidate for the Associated Students of Portland State University, pled guilty to attempted rape II for an incident in 2000, and sodomy in the third degree based on an incident in 2005.

According to ORS 163.365, rape in the second degree is classified as such: “[Known as Rape II or Rape 2] (1) A person who has sexual intercourse with another person commits the crime of rape in the second degree if the other person is under 14 years of age. (2) Rape in the second degree is a Class B felony.”

OR 163.385 states that sodomy in the third degree is: “(1) A person commits the crime of sodomy in the third degree if the person engages in deviate sexual intercourse with another person under 16 years of age or causes that person to engage in deviate sexual intercourse. (2) Sodomy in the third degree is a Class C felony.”

Funchess is currently the multicultural affairs director at ASPSU. To date, Funchess has spoken openly about having a criminal background, but has not yet made specifics public while campaigning. ASPSU does not require students to disclose criminal backgrounds in applications to participate in student government or to run for office.

A flyer that reads, “Tony Funchess is a convicted rapist and wants to be ASPSU president…should this man be your president?” has been posted around the PSU campus by an unknown source.

Additional reporting by Lisa Dunn and Colleen Leary. Visit psuvanguard.com for further updates and stories.

UPDATE: ASPSU presidential candidate Tony Funchess responds to flyer allegations

12 COMMENTS

  1. Bill Clinton has committed several rapes and he was president of the US. He even has flow on a private jet called the “Lollitta Expresses” to the private island of a known pedophile billionaire. So why why cant

    Funchess be the aspsu president?

      • None. As an anarchist, i dont read that stuff.

        Flight records show him on the Lolita express to a convinced pedophiles private island. Also, numerous women, including a former miss Alabama pageant winner, have come forward explaining how he raped them.

        If you like I can attack the right as well. Like how bush got us into Iraq with the intent of driving up oil costs and his bank account. Or how about h w’ s ties to CIA drug smuggling long before he was the director?

        Both sides are filled with nothing but criminals. Each one making this nation an even more fascist state. Obama is the worse thus far and republican after him will push things even further.

      • The problem is this: it’s pure fantasy. Pure, gross fantasy, and this from someone who doesn’t like Clinton. There is plenty to attack him on other than that.

  2. Even average college journalists are douche bags. Use him as a credible source in order to give your articles plenty of pseudo-insight, but hang him up to dry as soon as he can be used for a juicy headline.

      • Uhh. He literally is not. Did you read the article?

        There was consent AND they were in a committed relationship for a long time. Statutory laws and violent assaults are very different.

        • He had intercourse with a 14 year old. By all means they are a child. They could of literally been in middle school.

          Someone that young is not capable of consent to any meaningful degree.

        • You clearly didn’t read the article or did the math. Tony Funchess is 38 years old. He would have been 23 in 2000 during the first incident of Rape II which under Oregon statute describes sexual acts with minors UNDER THE AGE OF 14.

          13 at most if we give him any benefit of the doubt. A 23 year old. With a 13 year old. That’s not a committed relationship, that’s grooming your victim. That’s a grown man sexually assaulting someone’s child.

          Also I find it so convenient that EVERYONE ignores the Sodomy III charge. That charge involves a different person. Sodomy III involves people UNDER THE AGE OF 16. In 2005 during that incident he was 28. A 28 year old with someone who was at most 15 years old. That’s child molestation.

          He’s a rapist. You cannot ignore these facts. This is all public information.

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