BendBend elementary teacher arrested, accused of possessing explicit child images

Bend elementary teacher arrested, accused of possessing explicit child images

Bend elementary teacher arrested, accused of possessing explicit child images

Bend Police Patch

An elementary school music teacher from Bend has been arrested, accused of possessing explicit images of children.

The Bend Police Department says Erik Duane Ekstrom, 35, is facing two counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse.

Police say they received a report on Aug. 11 from the Department of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program that video showing child sexual abuse had been uploaded and linked to Ekstrom’s digital devices. Other tips came that also directed police to Ekstrom’s digital devices.

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Police executed a search warrant Thursday morning at a location on NE Viking Avenue in Bend. Bend Police said multiple digital devices were seized and Ekstrom was arrested.

Ekstrom has been identified as a music teacher in the Bend-La Pine School District.

As of Thursday morning, he was listed as a music teacher on the Highland Magnet School website. According to a welcome letter from the principal posted in Aug. 2001, Ekstrom was identified a Bend native who had spent the previous decade as K-8 teacher in Minnesota.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Ian Macdonell at the non-emergency dispatch line, 541-693-6911.

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