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Former Youth Counselor Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. – On November 5, 2014, Michael Shane Olson, 46 years, of Lebanon, Oregon, was sentenced by U.S. District Chief Judge Ann Aiken to seven years in federal prison for possessing and distributing child pornography. After serving his sentence, Olson will be on lifetime supervised release.

In August and September 2010, several FBI online undercover investigations around the country revealed that Olson was utilizing a peer-to-peer website to share and download hundreds of child pornography images.  On April 27, 2011, FBI agents executed a search warrant at Olson’s residence in Lebanon, Oregon and seized computer equipment and storage devices that contained additional images and videos of child pornography.  Olson was thereafter federally indicted for distribution and possession of child pornography and, on June 12, 2014, he pled guilty to all five counts of the Indictment.

Prior to his offense conduct in this case, Olson had worked in Oregon as a residential counselor for at-risk youth.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan J. Lichvarcik.

Updated January 29, 2015