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Ex-Mayor's Son Facing Ten Child Sex Abuse Charges

Lane County Sheriff's Office

Springfield Police arrested the son of the city’s former mayor this morning  on suspicion of ten charges of encouraging child sex abuse.

Benjamin Daniel Lundberg, 39, was booked into the Lane County Jail just after 10 a.m.

In a report from the Springfield Police Department, 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.)"

A search warrant was served August 13th at a West Springfield residence that led to the seizure of several  digital devices owned by Lundberg. A forensic examination of the seized devices revealed evidence of the listed crimes.

Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg stepped down from office over the weekend. She did not give a reason besides wanting more time for herself and her family.

The announcement surprised and concerned Springfield City Councilors.  They are expected to discuss appointing an interim mayor at their next meeting on September 8th.  The selected appointee will serve out the rest of the Mayor’s current term which ends in January 2021.

Lundberg was Springfield City Mayor for nearly a decade.  She took the office in December 2010.  Like the city councilor positions, it is an unpaid, volunteer position.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.