October 30, 2019
Kyle Odegard
Gazette Times

A Tangent man was arrested Tuesday by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office for multiple sex crimes.
Michael Ray Long, 35, was charged in Linn County Circuit Court on Wednesday afternoon with three counts of first-degree sex abuse, three counts of first-degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of unlawful sexual penetration, and one count each of third-degree assault and strangulation, according to court paperwork.
The victim in the case is an elementary-school-aged girl whom Long knows.
Judge Rachel Kittson-MaQatish set bail at $200,000, as requested by the state.
Prosecutor Julia Baker said the conduct occurred over 18 months and the victim reported that she was afraid of Long.
Long faces multiple Jessica's Law charges, which each come with a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison.
The next hearing in the case was scheduled for Nov. 18.
The investigation started in August when the Marion County Sheriff’s Office cross-reported information of Long engaging in inappropriate Facebook conversations with a different adolescent girl, according to a news release.
During the investigation, detectives were made aware of the elementary-school-aged victim, who disclosed that she had been sexually abused by Long, the news release states.
The investigation continues and additional charges are pending, according to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives believe there may be more victims.


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