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Couple accused of sexually abusing teen search-and-rescue volunteer

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KEIZER, OR (KPTV) -

A husband and wife who volunteered with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team are accused of sexually abusing an underage volunteer.

Deputies received a complaint concerning Casey Wenger, 33, and his wife Rosa Wenger, 31, on Monday. They were arrested Thursday by Keizer police.

Upon receiving the complaint, the sheriff's office asked the Keizer Police Department to conduct an investigation into the allegations.

Investigators said the victim is a 17-year-old girl. She told someone else about what had happened, and that person reported it to authorities, according to Keizer police.

According to court documents, each suspect inappropriately touched the victim last fall.

Casey Wenger is facing charges of second-degree sex abuse and 21 counts of first-degree encouraging child sex abuse. Rosa Wenger is charged with third-degree sex abuse and 20 counts of first-degree encouraging child sex abuse. Casey Wenger is also facing a charge of official misconduct, because he works at the Oregon State Hospital.

Police said the encouraging child sex abuse charges pertain to duplication of child pornography not involving the teen volunteer. The children in the photos have not been identified, according to investigators.

Both suspects appeared via video arraignment in Marion County court Friday afternoon. Family members of both suspects attended the hearing but did not respond to requests for comment.

Casey Wenger is on unpaid leave from his position, which does not require him to be in direct contact with patients, according to a spokeswoman.

Rosa Wenger works for the state Office of Administrative Hearings. She began working for the state in 2004 and started in the employment department in 2007.

The Wengers have been fired as Marion County volunteers, effective immediately, according to a statement from the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Casey Wenger became a volunteer for the Sheriff's Office in 1994, when he joined the Team 18 Search and Rescue Program. Rosa Wenger jointed the program as a volunteer in 2003.

The Team 18 program is primarily comprised of juveniles who perform search and rescue functions for the sheriff's office. The Wengers were crew leaders.

As part of their duties, deputies said they trained volunteers and arranged for their deployment in a time of need.

The team currently has 57 volunteers available for assisting other search and rescue teams in ground searches for missing people, evidence of crimes and other related activities.

The Marion County Sheriff's office released a statement saying the agency is "shocked and disheartened by the Wangers' alleged actions" and the agency will continue to work with the Keizer Police Department during the criminal investigation.

Police said since they had access to other minors, officers are concerned there could be more victims.

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