Crime

Oregon deputy charged with lewd conduct, enticing Meridian boy

Michael Alexander
Michael Alexander

Michael Alexander, 45, of Lake Oswego, Ore., is accused of contacting a 15-year-old Meridian boy via the cell phone app Grinder and twice traveling to Meridian to have sex with the boy.

Alexander, a sergeant with Oregon's Washington County Sheriff's Office, turned himself in at the Canyon County Jail after a $1 million bond warrant was issued for his arrest, Meridian police said Friday. He was arraigned Friday afternoon on two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under 16 and one charge of enticing a child over the Internet or similar technology.

Meridian police were alerted to the activity by the victim’s mother, who found inappropriate text messages on his phone. Police contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, which fully cooperated and assisted with the investigation, MPD reports.

The lewd conduct charges, stemming from visits to Idaho in June and September last year, each carry a maximum sentence of life in prison, and the charge of enticement is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Alexander is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the charges March 15.

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