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.