February 11, 2019 10:15 a.m. (updated 2/11 at 2:00 p.m.)
An officer with the Myrtle Creek Police Department was arrested Friday on multiple child sex crime charges, following an investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice.
33-year old Alexander Salterio went to the Douglas County Jail on 15 charges.
Police Chief Don Brown confirmed the information to News Radio 1240 KQEN. Brown said his department had been contacted by the DOJ and assisted in the investigation. Salterio was detained in Brown’s office on Friday morning.
Salterio is facing 6 counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, 6 counts of encouraging child sex abuse in the first degree, 2 counts of coercion and 1 count of aggravated identity theft.
Brown said Salterio was considered a “good officer” until the investigation. Brown said “obviously we had no idea this was going on”. He said Salterio “had two lives, and we only saw one”. Salterio was hired by the Myrtle Creek Police Department in August of 2017 after working for another agency. He moved to Oregon from Maine in 2015.
Brown said Salterio is no longer employed by the Myrtle Creek Police as of Saturday.
Salterio was initially detained on just over $3 million dollars bail. Monday afternoon, two additional charges were added: first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sexual penetration with a foreign object.
The investigation into Salterio’s alleged actions continues.