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