Sweet Home man arrested on child sex abuse charges

A Sweet Home man was arrested Tuesday, March 16, on child sexual abuse charges following a search of his residence on Fern Ridge Road, Sheriff Jim Yon reported.

Yon said detectives served a child exploitation search warrant at the residence as the culmination of an investigation into the distribution of child pornography over the internet from an IP address in Sweet Home. 

Detectives interviewed William Tyler Paul Maze, 30, renter of the residence, who admitted to searching the internet for child pornography, downloading its contents, and sharing the content with others, Yon said. Following interviews and preliminary on-site digital forensics, Maze was arrested and transported to the Linn County Jail. 

Maze was charged with 10 counts of first-degree Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse. 

Bail was set at $100,000.

Yon said additional charges may be forthcoming following digital forensic examination of devices seized during the search warrant.       

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted during the search warrant by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the Sweet Home Police Department. 

This investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information relevant to this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective John Trenary at (541) 967-3950.

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