Matthew McKinley Woodford, 34, of Oregon, was arrested for the second time this week on child sex abuse charges. Woodford teaches at a middle school, and was engaging in inappropriate sexual contact with a child under 15. This news comes after Woodford was already indicted on 15 charges.
According to the Register Guard, “The charging document includes four counts of third-degree sexual abuse, five counts of luring a minor, five counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, and one count of first-degree online sexual corruption of a child.”
11 out of the 15 charges are felonies. Woodford has pled not guilty to all 15 charges.
Woodford was first arrested on February 3, on just three charges. After new details had come to light from the victim, including new evidence of sexual contact with the student, Woodford was re-arrested.
The Register Guard has more:
A Thurston Middle School band teacher was arrested again and jailed Thursday morning after a Lane County grand jury indicted the 34-year-old married man on 15 charges related to allegations he engaged in inappropriate communication and sexual contact with a student younger than 15.
Matthew McKinley Woodford of Springfield was booked into the Lane County Jail just two hours after a warrant was issued by a judge for his arrest on the new indictment.
The charging document includes four counts of third-degree sexual abuse, five counts of luring a minor, five counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, and one count of first-degree online sexual corruption of a child.
Eleven of the 15 charges are felonies.
The Thurston Middle School teacher has pleaded not guilty to all 15 charges.
The new charges contain details that were not released when Woodford’s case first became public, including that Woodford repeatedly subjected the victim to sexual contact. The numerous counts in the new charges reflect the alleged repeated contacts.
Woodford first was arrested Feb. 3 on four charges: one count each of sexual abuse, luring a minor, using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and online sexual corruption of a child. He was bailed out of jail Feb. 7 for $39,500, court records show.
He is expected to appear in court March 13.
According to the indictment, Woodford subjected the victim to sexual contact on four occasions between Jan. 1 and Feb. 2.
He also allegedly communicated with her or met with her after inappropriate online communications on four dates in late January, the indictment shows.
Springfield police Detective David Lewis previously said the victim is between the ages of 10 and 15 and had known Woodford for a couple of years before the incidents.
Woodford has been with the school district since 2006, teaching band and orchestra, according to district spokeswoman Jen McCulley. He was immediately placed on leave after a friend of the victim came forward to school officials Feb. 2, who then contacted police. McCulley said Thursday that the district has started the “temination process” for Woodford’s employment.