On August 9, 2020, a citizen contacted the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office with some concerns regarding some electronic devices. The electronic devices reportedly contained child pornography and were turned into the Sheriff’s Office CAMI detectives. An investigation was conducted and through the course of the investigation, detectives were able to identify the suspect that filmed the recordings as Nickolas Edward Olson, 36, of Garibaldi, OR.
On August 11, 2020 detectives located Olson after having had returned from multi day fishing trip and contacted him at his residence. Following an interview with Olson he was arrested for 16 counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the first degree, 16 counts of Possession of Child Pornography in the first degree, 16 counts of Invasion of Personal Privacy in the first degree. During the arrest a search of Olson’s person produced evidence of drug use. He was consequently also charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and lodged in the Tillamook County Jail.
The investigation is ongoing an no further details will be released at this time. Tillamook County Sheriff Horton said that the Sheriff’s Office maintains 2 detectives assigned to investigate cases of child abuse / neglect and domestic violence. "These positions are funded through state and federal grants and are a key line of defense for the defense of our most vulnerable population, youth and families, which is an upmost priority for me and my staff. These are services we cannot do without."