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News Releases
Corvallis Man Arrested on Multiple Child Sex Abuse Crimes - 10/01/14
On September 30, 2014, Corvallis Police Department investigators arrested thirty-four year old Nathan Leffler of Corvallis for multiple sex crimes. Leffler was arrested for sexually abusing a female under the age of twelve. The victim was a person who was known to Leffler. The abuse had been occurring over the course of approximately one month, and was discovered when the victim disclosed the abuse to a parent.

Leffler was arrested on September 30, 2014, without incident and transported to the Benton County Jail. Leffler is currently charged with:

* Rape in the First Degree
* Sodomy in the First Degree
* Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree
* Sex Abuse in the First Degree

His bail is currently set at $400,000. Leffler is scheduled to appear in Benton County Circuit Court on October 1, 2014, at 1:20pm.

A mug-shot photo is available at the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=2013004198
Corvallis Man Arrested For Attempted ATM Robbery - 10/01/14
On October 1, 2014, 16 about 4:45am, A Corvallis Man was at the ATM machine of Bank of America, 324 SW 3rd St., when he was approached by Kevin Steinberger of Corvallis. Steinberger asked the victim for money and the victim declined. Steinberger initially walked away, however, he returned and was upset because the victim declined to give him money.

Upon his return, Steinberger produced a knife from his pocket and threatened to cut the victim's throat. Steinberger pushed the victim to the ground and fled the area toward the riverfront and SW 1st St. He did not get any money from the victim. Steinberger was located a short time later and arrested. The victim in this incident sustained minor injuries.

Steinberger is currently charged with:

* Attempted Robbery in the First Degree
* Unlawful Use of a Weapon
* Menacing
* Attempted Assault in the First Degree
* Attempted Theft in the Third Degree

Kevin Steinberger is currently lodged at the Benton County Jail with a bail amount set at $316,000. He appears in Benton County Circuit Court today, October 1, 2014, at 1:20pm.

A mug-shot photo is available at the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=2013004199
Suspect Arrested in Papa Murphy's Robbery - 09/27/14
On September 26, 2014, Corvallis Police Department investigators arrested 35 year old Kenneth Starr of Corvallis in connection with a September 23, 2014, armed robbery at Papa Murphy's on NW Circle Blvd. During that robbery, Starr pointed a handgun at an employee, demanding cash. No one was injured in the incident and no shots were fired.

Investigators were able to link the suspect from Tuesday's robbery to a vehicle parked near the robbery scene. Starr owned a vehicle matching the one linked to the robbery suspect. Starr, who recently shaved his beard, matched the physical description and surveillance photos of the suspect in the September 23rd robbery. He was contacted at his residence where he was taken into custody without incident.

During the investigation of the robbery, investigators contacted Starr's girlfriend. During an interview with Starr's girlfriend, investigators learned there had been a domestic assault the same night as the robbery. Starr's girlfriend told investigators that during an argument, Starr grabbed her and covered her mouth and nose, cutting off her air. Additionally, she suffered bruising and an injured jaw.

Starr was charged with one count of Robbery in the First Degree, one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, one count of Assault in the Forth Degree and one count of Strangulation. He was transported to the Benton County Jail where he was lodged. Starr's bail is currently set at $150,000. His initial appearance in Benton County Circuit Court is scheduled for Monday, September 29, 2014.

A mug-shot photo of Starr is available at the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_list.php?d=i