EUGENE, Ore. – A police sting led to the arrests of four Springfield men officers say tried to meet teenage girls for sex.
Eugene police say the arrests were made between July 21 and Aug. 5, and in each of the cases, the suspects initiated contact with the teens without any solicitation from the undercover detectives.
“This is a sobering reminder of the ongoing online threats to our most vulnerable,” said Cpt. Shawn Adams. “In three of these incidents the suspects arrived to meet juvenile females with methamphetamine presumably to provide to the minors. It is a good reminder for parents to monitor their children’s online activity and engage in discussions regarding online safety.”
On July 21, police arrested Gary Minton, 56, at about 8 p.m. after he arrived to the location where he allegedly agreed to meet a girl for sex. The girl was actually a detective with the Eugene Police Department. He reportedly arrived to the site on a bicycle and was in possession of meth.
The next day, police arrested Jason Madden, 43, when he arrived to the meet-up location just before 2:30 p.m., authorities said. He had meth and other drugs with him, which he had promised to provide to the girl, according to police. Madden was on parole at the time of his arrest.
Michael Winfrey, 40, was arrested on July 30 after agreeing to meet with the teen for sex, police said. He was also in possession of meth, police say.
Lastly, on Aug. 5 at about 2:30 p.m., Richard Chamberlain, 61, was also arrested after agreeing to meet the “teen,” police say. He has a prior history out of another state, authorities said.
All four of the men were taken to the Lane County Jail on a charge of first-degree sexual corruption of a child.