Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Astor Street Opry Company has issued a statement regarding the recent arrest of one of their volunteers charged with peddling child porn and dealing drugs from his home.  Michael Loren Wangen was arrested on November 26 and police seized several computers in Wangen's home in Astoria after Wangen alledgedly sold hundreds of kiddy porn images and videos to undercover officers.

 

The statement issued by Judith Niland states: We are contacting you today because you have been a loyal supporter of our local theatre organization the Astor Street Opry Company. Some of you for many years. And out of respect for those years of generous support, we would like to let you know that ASOC shares the concerns of many in the community about the recent events involving one of our volunteers.

The ASOC mission has always been to provide a safe environment for all our actors and volunteers to express themselves creatively through community theatre. We would like to assure you ASOC does have adopted policies in place and that we review these policies on a continuing basis. We have contacted all parents involved with ASOC Children's Theatre to reassure them we do not take this lightly and that we continue to cooperate with authorities. We also assigned 3 experienced ASOC volunteers as spokespersons anyone can call with their concerns. We would like to keep the contact to these three knowledgeable people so as to keep confusion and miscommunication to a minimum. They include: ASOC Representatives: ASOC President, Chuck Meyer (503) 325-7969, ASOC Vice President Ryan Davis (503)440- 2890and myself Judith (503) 791-1037.

Your support has made community theatre possible on the north coast. ASOC will continue to be dedicated to creating and maintaining a community-based organization that enhances our local theatre culture and provides a safe and open environment for all participants.

Please realize that for me; personally and humbly, I have appreciated your kindness, generosity and loyalty towards this wonderful creative organization that has been a part of my life for over 28 years. If you have any questions or concerns, please get a hold of one of our spokespersons. And thank you again for your support.,

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.  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.

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