Marion. Co. volunteers accused of abusing teen

Marion. Co. volunteers accused of abusing teen

Marion. Co. volunteers accused of abusing teen

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Posted on March 21, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 21 at 3:44 PM

KEIZER, Ore. -- A couple who had served as search and rescue volunteers for Marion County have been accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office received a complaint March 17 that the two had sex with a 17-year-old volunteer.

Deputies asked Keizer police to investigate the case. The couple was arrested March 20.

Casey Wenger, 33, was charged with second-degree sex abuse and 30 counts of first-degree encouraging child sex abuse. Rosa Wenger, 31, was charged with third-degree sex abuse and 20 counts of first-degree encouraging child sex abuse.

The two worked for "Team 18," a non-profit organization comprised of juveniles that perform search and rescue for the Sheriff's Office, according to Sgt. Chris Baldridge of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Casey Wenger became a volunteer in 1994 and Rosa Wenger joined the program in 2003.

The team had about 57 volunteers. The Wengers were crew leaders, Baldridge said.

"The sheriff's office is shocked and disheartened by the Wengers' alleged actions," Baldridge said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim in this case."

Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers said he hoped the incident would not damage the credibility of the organization.

"The moment this was reported, we took action to ensure that the individuals would be held responsible," Myers said. "We will continue to work with the Keizer Police Department and their investigators during this criminal investigation."

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