A volunteer with the Astor Street Opry Company was sentenced Wednesday and will serve more than 10 years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography.

Michael Wangen, 45, pled no contest to 10 counts of encouraging child sex abuse in the first-degree in Clatsop County Circuit Court. He was sentenced by Judge Paula Brownhill to serve 176 months in prison with credit for time served.

A confidential informant was used by the Clatsop County Drug Task Force to purchase child pornography from Wangen for a fee. The informant turned over the pornography to the task force. A search warrant was issued and Wangen was arrested Nov. 26. The task force seized hard drives and flash drives containing images and videos depicting children being sexually abused.

Jason Bohl, a police officer in the Seaside Police Department and member of the joint task force, testified that while reviewing the confiscated material he found more than 1,300 images and more than 300 videos depicting children sexually abused. He said he would be comfortable saying there were more than 100 different victims.

The victims’ identities are unknown.

Wangen changed his plea Wednesday after pleading not guilty to the charges in December. He will be registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life.


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