BEND, OR -- A Bend teacher was arrested Thursday morning for possessing explicit images of children. On Sunday, Bend Police received a report from the Department of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force indicating a video containing child sexual abuse had been uploaded and linked to Erik Ekstrom’s digital devices. Ekstrom is a 35-year-old Bend resident and a music teacher in Bend-La Pine Schools. He's also listed as the Music Director for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon.
Further investigation revealed additional tips from the task force connected to Ekstrom’s digital devices.
At 7 a.m. Thursday, police executed a search warrant in the 1200 block of NE Viking Avenue in Bend. Investigators seized multiple digital devices and Ekstrom was arrested on suspicion of two counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse.
This investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Ian Macdonell at non-emergency dispatch: 541-693-6911.