A Prineville man was sentenced to 75 months in prison Thursday morning following a sex abuse conviction involving a young child.
According to Crook County District Attorney Wade Whiting, Randy Allen Lang, age 36, was sentenced in Crook County Circuit Court by Judge Annette Hillman, for first-degree sex abuse. Part of a negotiated plea agreement, he will not be eligible for any form of early release, will have 10 years of post-prison supervision upon release and must register as a sex offender.
Whiting noted that on Dec. 7, the Department of Human Services received a report from a mandated reporter that had suspected sexual abuse of a young child based upon troubling disclosures made during a routine medical appointment.
The young child had disclosed inappropriate touching by defendant who was in a caregiver relationship with the child.
Upon receiving the report, the Prineville Police Department and Department of Human Services immediately made contact with the family to ensure the defendant no longer had access to the victim or other young children. An investigation ensued and the defendant was arrested shortly thereafter.
During his sentencing, Lang admitted he had touched the young child in a sexual manner and expressed his sorrow for the pain he has caused both the victim and his own family.
"Under Oregon law, certain professions are required to make reports if they have reasonable cause to suspect abuse or neglect of a child," Whiting stated. "These mandated reporters are crucial in notifying law enforcement and child protective services of potential issues in order to better protect our children."
Whiting went on to express that all citizens, whether they are a mandated reporter or not, have a responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves.
"Members of the general public may also report suspected abuse and neglect to the Department of Human Services toll-free number at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233)," he said.
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