EUGENE Ore. -- Police arrested a Spring Creek Elementary School teacher for allegedly contacting a teenage girl online and paying her for sex.
According to the Eugene Police Department, William Cantu Hamann, 37, of Creswell, was arrested on Friday afternoon when he arrived at a local school to meet the teenager. He faces charges of third-degree sodomy, first-degree online sexual corruption of a child, third-degree sexual abuse and two counts each of second-degree sexual abuse and prostitution.
On Wednesday, July 31, police said that after additional investigation, Hamann now also faces charges of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct (manufacturing child pornography) and unlawful possession of a firearm.
According to Kerry Delf with Eugene School District 4J, Hamann has been an elementary school teacher with the district since 2008 and has been at Spring Creek for the past five years.
Officials say that Hamann was also the operator of the Frightuary, a haunted house business at the Lane Events Center in October.
The investigation is ongoing.
Officials suspect that Hamann met the teenaged girl online and then paid her for sexual relations for more than a year. The alleged victim was not a former student of Hamann, and there is no evidence that any children at Spring Creek Elementary School were victimized.
"Our students’ safety and wellbeing is our priority. The district conducts background checks on every person hired and takes any sign of inappropriate conduct very seriously. Students are always encouraged to report any concerns they may have to a trusted adult at the school," said Delf in a statement given to KEZI 9 News. "We do not have any information indicating inappropriate contact with students. However, if anyone has knowledge of anything of concern, they should please report it to investigators."
Eugene Police and the FBI are concerned that there could be additional victims. They recommend that parents who have children that have been in contact with Hamann tell them that he has been arrested for inappropriate behavior with a child, and tell them that if he did anything inappropriate to them to let them know. If the child shares that something did happen to them, the parent should contact Detective Jed Mcguire at 541-682-6308 before asking detailed questions about the incident.