Springfield (KMTR) - Friends of a well-known 18-year-old teen mentor from Springfield are speaking out with words of support, despite serious allegations against him.
Eugene police arrested Brandon Chambers Wednesday on sex abuse and online sexual corruption charges. He is accused of having sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl. Police believe he met the girl through his work as a teen mentor and continued the relationship on Facebook.
A good friend of Chambers, who asked to be called “Bob,” is urging people to reserve judgment. He says Chambers has helped mentor many people with mental disabilities.
“Brandon's a good guy,” said Bob. “He had good intentions in life, worked with a lot of non-profits in the community. He has people behind him whether he did it or not. Put your judgment behind you.”
Chambers worked with several organizations, including the Oregon Family Support Network, Planned Parenthood and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.