Michael Alexander, 45, of Lake Oswego, Ore., entered a not guilty plea in a Caldwell courtroom Friday to charges that he contacted a 15-year-old Meridian boy via the cell phone app Grinder and twice traveled to Idaho to have sex with the boy.
Alexander, at the time a sergeant with Oregon's Washington County Sheriff's Office, turned himself in at the Canyon County Jail in March after a $1 million bond warrant was issued for his arrest. He is charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under 16 and one count of enticing a child over the Internet or similar technology.
Investigators were alerted to the alleged activity by the victim’s mother, who found inappropriate text messages on his phone, police said. Officers contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, which assisted with the investigation. Alexander has since resigned from the sheriff's office.
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.
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Alexander is scheduled to stand trial on the charges Aug. 23.