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Linn County Sheriff's Office Detectives Arrest Sweet Home Resident for Online Sexual Corruption - 07/03/24

Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan reports on July 2, 2024, her detectives arrested Christopher Michael Douglass, 42, of Sweet Home, in connection to a Luring of a Minor investigation.  The investigation began in December of 2023 when the parents of a 15-year-old girl from Albany, reported to law enforcement that their child had been having sexual communications with a 42-year-old male over a four-month period.  The communications occurred over a social media application as well as personal text messages. 

Investigators were able to determine the 15-year-old girl had been communicating with Douglass who was using a false name on the social media platform.  Investigators were also able to determine that the 15-year-old girl had sent sexually explicit images to Douglass at his request.  Douglass also offered to buy a bus ticket for the 15-year-old girl so they could meet in person and indicated he would purchase marijuana and nicotine products for her.       

On July 2, 2024, Linn County Detectives served a search warrant at Douglass’s residence located in the 600 block of 7th Avenue in Sweet Home.  Investigators seized evidence related to this investigation. Douglass was arrested at his residence and taken to the Linn County Jail where he was lodged for the charges of Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the Second Degree and Luring a Minor.  The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sweet Home Police Department.     

The investigation is ongoing as investigators believe there may be other victims of Douglass.  Anyone with information should contact Detective Tracy White at (541) 967-3950. 

 

 

Linn County Sheriff's Office Investigates Vehicle Crash in Foster Lake - 06/24/24

Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan reports on June 21, 2024, at 5:13 p.m., Linn County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a single vehicle had crashed into Foster Lake and was fully submerged. 

Upon arrival, Deputies found a 1997 Toyota 4Runner submerged in the lake with an unknown number of occupants. Witnesses, Sweet Home Fire Department and Deputies attempted to locate occupants and initial efforts were unsuccessful. Linn County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team responded and located a single occupant, identified as Robert Anderson, 22, of Sweet Home deceased in the vehicle. 

Deputies learned Anderson was traveling west on North River when the vehicle struck the embankment on the north side of the road. This caused the Toyota to overturn before entering the lake. At this time, it is unknown what caused Anderson to initially leave the roadway.  The investigation is ongoing, and Deputies are looking into contributing factors. 

The Multi-Agency Investigation Team (MAIT) and Linn County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team were called to assist with the investigation, including the recovery of the vehicle. Deputies were also assisted by Sweet Home Fire Department, the Sweet Home Police Department, and Linn County Road Department.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 967-3950.