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Michael John Casey faces multiple first-degree sexual abuse and sodomy charges

A Newberg man faces a lengthy prison sentence after his arrest in September on allegations he sexually abused a minor boy over a three-year period beginning in 2017.

Michael John Casey, 47, was arraigned and then indicted in early September on multiple charges of first-sexual abuse and sodomy. These are both Measure 11 charges that carry with them stiff mandatory minimum sentences upon conviction. He appeared before Circuit Court Judge Ladd Wiles' on Sept. 9 after being housed in a nearby facility on a medical furlough.

Casey's arrest came about after the mother of a then 11-year-old boy alleged Casey sexually abused the boy from March 2017 until September 2020 while the family lived in Newberg. The mother and son later moved to Mesa, Arizona.

The Newberg-Dundee Police Department began looking into the matter after being alerted by the special investigation unit of the Mesa Police Department. Detectives there said they interviewed Casey, who claimed "accidental" sexual contact with the boy, and that the boy referred to Casey as his "acting father figure."

In a probable cause affidavit, Detectives further alleged that Casey admitted during an interview in September to "accidental" sexual incidents with the boy on multiple occasions in Newberg over the course of several years.

McMinnville attorney Abraham Hanson is serving as Casey's counsel in the case. Prosecuting the case is Deputy District Attorney Michelle Enfield.

Casey appeared in Circuit Court Judge John Collins' courtroom on Oct. 14 to enter a plea, but that was carried over until Dec. 16.

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