Days after former Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg announced she was immediately stepping down from her position, her son Benjamin was arrested by Springfield Police.
Benjamin Lundberg, 39, was arrested Tuesday morning on 10 counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse, according to the Springfield Police Department.
“Lundberg’s arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation into child pornography including the Springfield Police, the Eugene Police as well as other jurisdictions within the state, including ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children),” Springfield PD said in a news release.
Police said they seized “numerous digital devices” from Benjamin Lundberg after serving a search warrant last week.
Christine Lundberg announced her immediate resignation Saturday, stating she needed to take time for herself and her family.
“I make this decision with a heavy heart. The role of mayor has been an enormous honor,” Christine Lundberg said in a letter Saturday. “Springfield is such a wonderful community. I have always felt blessed to serve as your mayor.”
She had been Springfield’s mayor for nearly 10 years. Before that, she was elected to the Springfield City Council in 1999 and served for more than a decade, according to a news release from the city.
The Springfield City Council will appoint an interim mayor at a future public council meeting, according to the city.