BEND, OR -- A Bend man arrested this week is accused of having an ongoing sexual relationship with a minor. Bend Police Lt. Jason Maniscalco says an anonymous tip led detectives to the 27-year-old suspect, "Brandon Patrick Olden was in contact with the victim on an ongoing basis, and that led to this abuse. In this particular case, our Detectives' Supervisor is saying that he asked this minor victim for photographs and videos and he wanted them to be in a sexually explicit manner."
Maniscalco tells KBND News the tip from a concerned citizen was key to the investigation, "There's obviously a lot of kids being abused, every day, even in Central Oregon. We really rely on these anonymous complaints, or these people that are aware of these situations that are willing to come forward and make a complaint to us, so we can investigate it. So, we do. We rely on everybody else out there to help us out, and to help the victims out." He adds, "Our Detectives work a lot of abuse cases against minors, and it's probably more than 50% of their case load."
Olden was taken into custody Wednesday. He's charged with several counts of Second Degree Child Sex Abuse, Encouraging Child Sex Abuse, Luring a Minor, Giving Liquor to a Minor, Using a Child in a Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct and Contempt of Court. His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.