An investigation by the Clatsop County Drug Task Force has led to the arrest of Michael Loren Wangen 09/19/67, at his residence, 686 29th Street Apartment B in Astoria on November 26, 2012. Wangen is being charged with Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the first degree.
The investigation began when Detectives learned Wangen was selling prescription pills and child pornography from his residence in Astoria. Detectives were granted a search warrant after purchasing over seven hundred sexually explicit images and videos from Wangen involving children.
Detectives with the Drug Task Force along with assistance from the Astoria Police Department, Seaside Police Department, Oregon Department of Justice and Clatsop
County Sheriff's Office served the search warrant at 8:00pm on November 26, 2012.
Investigators seized multiple computers for further analysis, hundreds of CD's and Videos with the potential of thousands of images of child pornography. Many of the images show children victims as young as four years old engaged in explicit sexual activity with adults and other children.
Michael Wangen is a volunteer at the Astor Street Opry House appearing over the years in Shanghaied In Astoria and involved with the Junior Shanghaied in Astoria program. Detectives are seeking any information from the public in regards to Michael Wangen and his criminal activities.
If you have any information about Michael Wangen or questions, please contact Detective Tim Guest.