WEISER — A former Fruitland Police officer, who previously worked at the Boys & Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley in Payette, and also an elementary school in Ontario was arraigned Tuesday on eight charges of sex-related felonies involving minors.
He is currently being held in Washington County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
According to Detective Aaron Walker with Washington County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation into Alexander Scott Plaza, who was born in 1994, began in June. That’s when a tip was received by a Payette County law enforcement agency that he had “been in contact with underage boys on social media,” according to Walker.
“They immediately contacted and asked us to investigate it,” he said.
Through their investigation, Washington County officials learned that cases go back as far as 2017.
“We have identified five victims that are juveniles,” Walker said.
The alleged crimes happened in Fruitland and in Payette adding that they “suspect there were other victims,” and are hopeful if there are any other victims they will step forward by contacting the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
The eight charges are separate incidents, he said; some of these were multiple on a single victim, and some were a single incident on a single victim.
Plaza allegedly used multiple social media accounts to contact the youths, these included “at least Instagram and Snapchat,” he said.
Calls to the Boys & Girls Club to confirm whether Plaza was still employed, or when or in what role he was employed, have not yet been returned. According to Ontario School District Public Relations and Communications Coordinator Taryn Smith, Plaza is not currently listed on any active employment list for Ontario School District. Smith said she was unsure if Plaza had worked at the school district in the past.
According to a press release from Fruitland Police Chief JD Huff, Plaza was employed as a Fruitland Police Officer in both a reserve and a full time capacity between April 2015 and June 2019. According to Huff, Plaza resigned from Fruitland Police in June 2019 while he was a reserve officer.
A warrant for Plaza’s arrest was issued on Friday, and it is unclear at this time whether he was arrested in Payette County or turned himself in.