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Police: Washington Co. deputy used phone app to lure Idaho teen

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Sgt. Michael Alexander, jail booking photo (Source: Canyon County Jail) Sgt. Michael Alexander, jail booking photo (Source: Canyon County Jail)
CALDWELL, ID (KPTV) -

A Washington County, Oregon deputy is in an Idaho jail facing accusations that he used a smartphone app to meet a 15-year-old boy for sex.

A spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff's Office said Sgt. Michael Alexander, 45, of Lake Oswego was arrested in Canyon County, Idaho.

WCSO said on Feb. 29 they received information from the Meridian Police Department in Idaho about alleged misconduct by Sgt. Alexander while he was off-duty.

Meridian police said Alexander allegedly contacted a 15-year-old boy using a smartphone app called Grindr to meet the boy and traveled twice to Idaho to have sex with him, in June 2015 and Sept. 2015.

Meridian officials said they were alerted to the incident by the boy's mother, who found inappropriate text messages on his phone.

 Alexander turned himself into the Canyon County Jail Friday, according to the Meridian Police Department.    

Alexander faces charges of lewd conduct with a child under 16 and enticing a child over the Internet. He's being held there on $1 million bond.

Alexander had at one time served as a K-9 deputy in Washington County, but was most recently serving in a different role.

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