A Clackamas County man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury found him guilty this month on several counts related to the sexual abuse of two nine-year-old girls.
Police first began investigating in June 2019, and in September 2019, police arrested Michael Wayne Champagne, now 64, on charges of rape, unlawful sexual penetration, two counts of sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
Then, suspecting that there could be additional victims, the sheriff's office in December 2019 asked for public tips on the case.
Now, about a year later, Champagne's trial has concluded.
A jury found him guilty on Nov. 3 of one count of rape in the first degree, three counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, two counts of sodomy in the first degree and one count of unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree.
He was sentenced to a total of 50 years in prison.
Champagne was already a registered sex offender as a result of pleading guilty in 2008 on two counts of attempted sexual abuse in the first degree, according to police. In that case, the victim was also nine years old at the time. Champagne served just more than a year in prison.
Beyond that, he has a long history of run-ins with the law, beginning as early as 1989 and spanning six Oregon counties, Clackamas County Circuit Court records indicated. His prior convictions range from a hunting violation to interfering with a peace officer and tampering with a witness.
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