Nonprofits react to arrest of Eugene man with ties to children's charities

Court staff said Nathan Oeming was released from jail after he paid 10% of a $75,000 bail.

Posted: Jan 15, 2020 7:08 PM
Updated: Jan 15, 2020 7:14 PM

EUGENE, Ore -- A well-known financial advisor in Eugene accused of trying to have sex with a 15-year-old girl has bailed out of jail as nonprofits he was affiliated with are distancing themselves from him.

Nathan Oeming, 40, of Eugene was arrested Tuesday after police said he responded to an online post where a detective posed as a 15-year-old. He allegedly agreed to meet the teen girl near a local high school. Oeming faces a charge of first-degree online sexual corruption of a child.

Court staff said he was released from jail after he paid 10% of a $75,000 bail. Oeming's arraignment has been set for Jan. 28.

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Oeming is an active member of the Eugene community, including being involved with local charities that benefit children.

Heather Murphy, the executive of CASA of Lane County, said Oeming’s alleged behavior is completely contrary to their mission and values. CASA of Lane County is a nonprofit that represents children going through the child welfare process.

In a statement, Murphy said Oeming never had never been a Court Appointed Special Advocate and has never worked directly with children in their program. But Murphy said he has donated to them in the past and briefly joined their development committee in March 2019, resigning in October of that same year.

“We are taking appropriate steps to prevent future involvement by Oeming in CASA of Lane County activities of any kind,” Murphy said.

Officials at the Eugene Family YMCA said that Oeming was a volunteer coach for a youth basketball team his daughter is on.

In a statement marketing and communications manager Beth Casper said police notified them of his arrest. She said they immediately terminated his volunteer role as a YMCA coach and notified players' families.

"We take allegations of child abuse and misconduct very seriously and will not allow any volunteers to lead youth who have behaved inappropriately or have broken the law," said Casper.

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