A former Fruitland Police Officer and employee of the Boys & Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley in Payette was arraigned on Sept. 3 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.
According to a news 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.
On top of working as a police officer, Plaza was also involved in multiple youth-based organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club in Payette.
According to a Thursday news release from Matt Frye, Board President of the Boys & Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley, Plaza “briefly” worked at the Payette site.
The release states that the Boys & Girls Club learned of the possible allegations against Plaza in June and “acted immediately by terminating his employment.”
“… no harm should come to any child and our hearts go out to any victims and their families,” the release reads. “We are both shocked and saddened by these allegations and are cooperating fully with the authorities involved in the investigation of this very serious matter.”
The club did not explain what capacity Plaza worked in while employed.
A warrant for Plaza’s arrest was issued on Aug. 30, and it is unclear at this time whether he was arrested in Payette County or turned himself in.