EUGENE/SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (KMTR) -- A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after being accused of giving alcohol to a group of teenagers.
54-year-old Terry Lee Benson was arrested by Springfield Police at his home on Thursday, January 24. Benson is facing multiple counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor and endangering the welfare of a minor. Benson is being held in the Springfield jail.
Eugene Police (EPD) began investigating the case several weeks ago after getting a report from a parent about an incident involving Benson and several minors drinking alcohol.
EPD representatives say Benson provided alcohol to a group of at least six teenagers from various Eugene and Springfield high schools during the Christmas break on December 27, 2012.
The way the incident unfolded has one parent of the involved teens concerned and speaking out about the experience.
The parent did not want to appear on camera Friday, but told NewsSource 16 that some of the teens involved were picked up at their respective homes by Benson. According to the parent, Benson then drove them to his house in Springfield where at least six underage kids had free access to alcohol without limits.
Eventually the parents heard about the story from some of the teens involved and went to a school resource officer with Eugene Police.
The parent says this incident is a reminder to talk to kids about what’s safe and for parents to think about what their role is.
“I don't know what he was thinking at the time, but it's not okay and I want my kids to know,” says the parent. “To parents, I want to sa, you know, be the responsible parent, know right from wrong and set a good example for your kids.”
The parent says many of the kids involved sneaked out of their houses to go to Benson's house. Even though he was a stranger to those kids, the kids apparently got in the car because their 'other friends did it'.
Benson is being held in the Springfield jail on six counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and five counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor. Eugene and Springfield Police are still investigating.