Steininger plans to plead not guilty

Curt Steininger, who resigned from Estacada City Council in April, is in custody for accusations of child molestation.

Steininger, 32, was indicted on eight counts of first-degree sex abuse on July 31 and a warrant for his arrest was issued on Aug. 8.

Curt SteiningerAccording to the indictment, which was shared with the Estacada News by the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office, Steininger is accused of sexually abusing a girl under the age of 14 during a period between September 2008 and January of this year. The Estacada News does not publish the names of alleged sexual abuse victims.

Steininger turned himself in around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, and was booked into the Clackamas County Jail. Bail is set at $250,000.

During a jailhouse interview, a shaking, tearful Steininger said he plans 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.

Steininger went to Rex Putnam High School where he was active in the wrestling program.

He attended Clackamas Community College for two years and then went on to Pioneer Pacific College where received an associate’s degree in criminal justice.

Steininger joined the National Guard after graduating.

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.

As the election drew near, an October 2012 Estacada News article reported that since moving to Estacada, Steininger had served on the parks and recreation and infrastructure committees and coached T-ball.

Steininger resigned from Estacada City Council in April citing other commitments and that he had “bitten off more than he could chew.”

At his request, Councilor Michele Conditt read Steininger’s resignation letter during the council meeting Monday, April 14, 2014.

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 in the hope of helping veterans who suffer from emotional or mental issues upon his graduation.

He also wrote of his obligation to the Oregon Army National Guard and saying that he had served 12 years in the guard and recently signed on for another six years.

Steininger was arraigned at the Clackamas County Circuit Court Thursday, Aug. 14, where he heard the formal charges brought against him by the district attorney.

A trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Clackamas County Circuit Court.

*This article was last updated on Monday, Aug. 18.

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