Following a two month investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice and the Bend Police Department, a local man was arrested for 25 counts of Encouraging Child Abuse in the First Degree.
Phillip Douglass, 61, of Bend was taken into custody without incident at 8:30 am on Wednesday, June 21st by members of the Bend Police Department, Oregon Department of Justice, and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Computer Crime Unit.
|Phillip Douglass, DCJ Photo|
According to Detective Sgt. Rex Catt, Douglass was initially charged with 25 counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse, a class “B” felony, and was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail where bail was set at $250,000.
At Thursday's court appearance, however, the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office added further charges resulting in a total of 155 counts. Bail was increased to $500,000 pending a formal indictment and arraignment, which is set for next week.