ALBANY, Ore. – Michael Ray Long, 37, of Tangent, was sentenced to 204 years in prison Tuesday on 22 counts related to child sexual abuse.
The case dates back to September 2019 when a 13-year-old girl reported being sexually abused by a neighbor and October 2019 when a 9-year-old girl also reported sexual abuse. Long was arrested Oct. 29, 2019, and has been in the Linn County Jail ever since.
Jullia Baker, Linn County deputy district attorney, noted that Judge Rachel Kittson-MaQatish said the lengthy prison sentence will ensure Long never hurts children again.
“The victims provided statements,” Baker said. “They are still scared that he might get out and something bad would happen again.”
The lengthy sentence was “the right thing to do,” Baker said. “He is clearly a danger. This will keep children safe by locking him up as long as possible.”
The 22 counts included child sexual abuse, sodomy and strangulation.
In addition to the sexual abuse charges, the Linn County circuit court judge also based her sentence on the fact that Long had child pornography on his computer.
“There were five counts and they will run consecutively,” Baker said. “Judge McQatish emphasized those children were not just objects on a computer screen.”
Linn County Victim’s Advocate Mark Salazar said the family is seeing justice.
“They are happy he won’t be able to hurt anyone else,” Salazar said.
Baker said the family has been supportive of the legal process for a year and a half.