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Former Oregon sergeant pleads not guilty

Posted at 11:43 AM, Apr 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-29 19:09:46-04

A former Oregon police sergeant accused of having sex with a Treasure Valley teenager has entered a not guilty plea, according to court records.

Michael Alexander, 45, of Lake Oswego, Oregon was arrested on March 4th, 2016, by the Meridian Police Department on two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under the age of sixteen and one count of enticing a child through the use of the Internet or other communication device.

Alexander is accused of contacting a fifteen-year-old boy using a cell phone app called “Grinder” and traveling to Idaho in order to have sex with him on two separate occasions in both June and September of last year.

The boy's mother contacted authorities after discovering inappropriate text messages on the teen's phone.

Alexander was originally held on a $1,000,000 bond that was reduced to $100,000.

A sergeant of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for nearly 20 years, Alexander was placed on unpaid administrative leave following the arrest.  He has since resigned, according to an official with the agency.

Alexander will have a pre-trial on July 18th, 2016 at 1:30 p.m., and a jury trial on August 23rd, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.