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Steininger trial bumped to March

Photo Credit: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Curt SteiningerThe trial of Curt Steininger, the former Estacada City Councilor accused of child molestation, has been bumped to 9 a.m. March 10 at the Clackamas County Circuit Court.

Steininger was indicted on July 31 on eight counts of first-degree sex abuse for allegedly molesting a girl under the age of 14 during a period between September 2008 and January of this year.

A warrant for his arrest was issued Aug. 8.

Steininger turned himself into the Clackamas County Jail five days later, where he was held on $250,000 bail.

During a jailhouse interview, a shaking, tearful Steininger said he planned to plead not guilty.

“All I can say is I love my kids with all my heart and nothing will stop me from trying to get custody of them,” he said, directing all other questions to his attorney.

He has since been released on bail.

Deputy District Attorney Russell Amos confirmed that all eight counts of first-degree sex abuse are still pending against Steininger, but his defense attorney has requested more time before trial.

The trial, originally scheduled for Oct. 8, will occur on March 10.

Steininger moved to Estacada in 2006 and was narrowly defeated in a run for a city council seat in 2010. He successfully ran again in 2012.

Steininger resigned from Estacada City Council in April citing other commitments.

In his resignation letter, Steininger wrote of his five daughters, his part-time job at Lowe’s, and his decision to return to school to obtain a bachelor’s degree in social work, and upon his graduation working with veterans who suffer from emotional or mental issues.


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