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Ex-Elementary Teacher Pleads Guilty In Sexual Abuse Case Involving Girl

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A former Eugene grade school teacher has pled guilty for sexually abusing a female minor.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 38 year-old William Hamann has pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of a child.  On several occasions between 2018 and July 2019, Hamman paid the girl for oral sex and recorded her performing sex acts on his phone.

The girl was 15 years-old during their first encounter. Eugene Police detectives and FBI agents arrested Hamman in July 2019 when he came to see the minor a fourth time.

In August 2019, a federal grand jury charged Hamman with sexual exploitation and trafficking of a child, possession of child pornography, and attempted sex trafficking of a child.  Lane County Circuit court also leveled several counts against him.

Hamann will be sentenced in March.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office will recommend 160 months in federal prison, to be served consecutively to a 20 month sentence in Lane County.

Hamann has agreed to pay full restitution to his victim.

The Creswell resident was a first-grade teacher at Spring Creek Elementary prior to his arrest.  The victim was not a student there. Hamann also operated the Frightuary attraction at the Lane County Fairgrounds.

From the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Oregon:

Anyone who has information about the physical or online exploitation of children are encouraged to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.  Federal law defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor. It is important to remember child sexual abuse material depicts actual crimes being committed against children. Not only do these images and videos document victims’ exploitation and abuse, but when shared across the internet, child victims suffer re-victimization each time the image of their abuse is viewed.

To learn more, please visit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s website at www.missingkids.org.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justiceto combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ 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 (19 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.