JUNCTION CITY, Ore. (AP) — A Junction City man who was convicted of nearly two dozen charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of a child has been sentenced to 204 years in prison.
Michael Long, 36, was sentenced Tuesday in Linn County Circuit Court. A jury found him guilty in February of 10 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, five counts of encouraging child sexual abuse, three counts of unlawful sexual penetration, three counts of sodomy and strangulation, The Albany Democrat-Herald reported.
The jury found Long guilty after deliberating for about an hour.
Elijah Brown, one of Long’s court-appointed attorneys, declined to comment on the sentence when reached by the newspaper. Long’s other court-appointed attorney, Kent Hickam, and Linn County prosecutor Julia Baker couldn’t be reached for comment.
Investigators began investigating Long, who was living in Tangent at the time, after they were notified he had inappropriate interactions with a middle school-aged girl on Facebook. That investigation uncovered a second victim, a girl of elementary school age.
When Long was arrested, authorities said the crimes occurred over 18 months.