SON ARRESTED ON CHILD SEX ABUSE CHARGES 3 DAYS AFTER SPRINGFIELD MAYOR’S RESIGNATION
August 18, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg resigned Saturday, effective immediately.
On Tuesday, Springfield Police arrested her son and booked him into the Lane County Jail on 10 counts of felony first degree Encouraging Child Sex Abuse.
Police booked Benjamin Daniel Lundberg, 39, just after 10 a.m.
According to Springfield Police:
Lundberg’s arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation into child pornography involving the Springfield Police, the Eugene Police as well as other jurisdictions within the State, including ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children).
On August 13, 2020 a Search Warrant was served at a residence in West Springfield that resulted in the seizure of numerous digital devices possessed by Benjamin Lundberg. A forensic examination of a portion of the seized devices revealed evidence of the above listed crimes.
He is charged under Oregon Revised Statute 163.684, which reads:
(1)A person commits the crime of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree if the person:
(a)(A) Knowingly develops, duplicates, publishes, prints, disseminates, exchanges, displays, finances, attempts to finance or sells a visual recording of sexually explicit conduct involving a child or knowingly possesses, accesses or views such a visual recording with the intent to develop, duplicate, publish, print, disseminate, exchange, display or sell it; or
(B)Knowingly brings into this state, or causes to be brought or sent into this state, for sale or distribution, a visual recording of sexually explicit conduct involving a child; and
(b)Knows or is aware of and consciously disregards the fact that creation of the visual recording of sexually explicit conduct involved child abuse.
(2)Encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree is a Class B felony. [1995 c.768 2; 2011 c.515 3]
Benjamin Lundberg was previously arrested during the mayor's term of service in 2017 on suspicion of slashing tires.
He was later sentenced to 10 days in jail, with credit for time served, and 2 years supervised probation.
At the time of his arrest, Mayor Lundberg issued a public statement.
“I want to sincerely apologize to the community,” she said in 2017. “I am very sorry for the actions of my family member.”
The former mayor has not responded to requests for interviews since her resignation was announced Saturday.
Prior to her resignation, Mayor Lundberg had voiced support for an investigation into use of force by police during a protest in the Thurston neighborhood of Springfield. That investigation will continue, the City of Springfield confirmed Monday.
The status of a blue ribbon panel on racial equity called for by Mayor Lundberg in response to the Black Lives Matter movement is unknown, City staff said.
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