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Nestled on the shores of the Columbia River in eastern Washington state, Wenatchee (population 24,000) is like many small towns in America. Its residents worry about too much growth, traffic congestion and school overcrowding.

But in 1994, a local detective uncovered what he believed was a sordid underbelly of the community–a child sex ring involving 60 children who were allegedly sexually abused by parents, foster parents, neighbors and a local pastor. Over two years, 43 people were charged with a total of 27,726 counts of child sex abuse.

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