Man accused of drugging tween girls at daughter’s sleepover

LAKE OSWEGO, OR – An Oregonian man has turned himself over to local law enforcement and currently faces charges relating to the drugging of three 12-year-old girls during last summer’s sleepover held for his daughter.

57-year-old Michael Meyden is indicted on a total of nine offenses, including multiple felonies and misdemeanors, with such charges as coercing the uptake of a controlled substance. Detention records from the Clackamas County Jail disclosed on Friday that he is no longer in custody. His bail, set at $50,000, was reported by The Oregonian.

In August 2021, local officers were summoned to Randall Children’s Hospital to interrogate three girls under treatment after suspicions of Meyden drugging them the preceding night at his daughter’s sleepover. Police documents indicate Meyden showed abnormal attentiveness in their sleepover plans and behaved unusually concerned throughout the event, according to The Oregonian.

The police documents further reveal that Meyden, during the sleepover, offered the girls mango smoothies containing white chunks, even serving multiple rounds despite initial taste complaints. Investigators propose in a probable cause affidavit that Meyden had mixed benzodiazepine in the smoothies.

The series of suspicious events led one of the girls to feign sleep and observe Meyden’s suspicious actions, as described in The Lake Oswego Review. She recounted feeling a noticeable presence while with her eyes closed and texted her mother in distress requesting immediate rescue citing feelings of insecurity.

Despite Meyden’s efforts to defer the parents’ panic, they firmly decided to retrieve their children, The Oregonian reports. Upon arrival at the hospital, police officers were told by one of the girls that she required her mother’s support to walk, was suffering from heavy eyelids, and her speech was slow. Officers were informed that another girl was unable to walk unassisted, repeatedly questioning the circumstances.

Lake Oswego Police’s ongoing investigations found Meyden culpable for the drugs detected in the girls’ bloodstreams. Meyden’s legal representation, if any, has yet to be disclosed.