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Suspect in child porn case worked with children from local school districts, police say

Springfield police said Steinberg worked with children from 4J and Bethel districts.

Posted: Apr 7, 2020 11:49 PM
Updated: Apr 8, 2020 1:08 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The Springfield Police Department is asking for the public's help in the investigation of a local child psychologist charged with 10 counts of encouraging child sex abuse in the first degree.

Police said Craig Steinberg worked with children from Eugene School District 4J for the past 10 years and the Bethel School District from 2014 to 2015 as well as 2017 to 2019. He also taught a class at Thurston Middle School the past school year about mindfulness.

Steinberg also worked at SCAR Jasper Mountain from January 1997 to August 2007. His most recent work was at Vista Counseling and Consultation as a private contractor, starting in 2019.

4J officials sent an email to parents alerting them about Steinberg's work with their students, but the district made it clear he was never an employee. 

Below is additional information from the email:

"It is unknown whether the allegations involve any local children. In cases like this, investigators recommend that if a child discloses an incident that happened to them, the parent should listen and respond calmly, but not ask the child detailed questions about the incident, leaving that to specially trained child interviewers. If you have knowledge of anything that may be of concern, investigators ask that you contact the Springfield Police Investigative Services Division at 541-726-3721."

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