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Springfield teacher put on leave, faces charges of sexual abuse, luring a minor

By February 6, 2017 No Comments

Matthew McKinley WoodfordArticle from The Register-Guard

Matthew Woodford is the Thurston Middle School band teacher, the school district said

SPRINGFIELD — A teacher at a Springfield middle school has been put on leave after being booked into the Lane County Jail on ­Friday for ­multiple child sexual abuse charges, the school district ­confirmed Saturday.

Matthew McKinley ­Woodford, 34, faces 17 charges, including luring a minor, according to jail records.

Woodford is charged with five felony counts of luring a minor, five felony counts of ­displaying child-sexual conduct and two felony counts of online sexual corruption of a child. He also was charged with five misdemeanor counts of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Springfield School District spokeswoman Jenna ­McCulley confirmed ­Saturday that Woodford was put on leave from his job as Thurston Middle School’s music director, teaching band and orchestra, pending the police ­investigation. ­Woodford has been with the school district since 2006, ­McCulley said.

McCulley would not ­comment further, deferring to the Springfield Police Department. Springfield police did not ­immediately ­return phone calls on Saturday.

Woodford was booked into the jail about 8:30 p.m.

Woodford remained in jail as of 5 p.m. Saturday. His bond was set at $1.7 million, a jail ­official said.


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Andria Seo is an Associate Attorney at Crew Janci LLP. Andria is a graduate of the New York University School of Law. During law school, she worked with the National Center for Youth Law, the Legal Aid Society, and the NYCLU. Prior to joining the team at Crew Janci LLP, Andria advocated for vulnerable children and their families as a staff attorney at Partnership for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit based in New York City. Andria also previously worked assisting in the representation of victims of a terrorist attack in civil suits. Andria moved to Portland in 2016 and joined Crew Janci LLP in 2017. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and New York