A trial has been scheduled for a former Fruitland Police Officer who is facing eight sex-related felonies involving minors.
During an arraignment in front of Judge Susan Wiebe on Oct. 18, Alexander Scott Plaza, who was born in 1994, pleaded not guilty to six counts of sexual battery of a minor (I.C. 18-1508(1)(b): soliciting participation of a minor child 16-17 years of age), one count of sexual battery of a minor (I.C. 18-1508A(1)(a): defined as lewd or lascivious acts) and one count of sexual abuse of a minor under 16 years of age (I.C. 18-1506).
A jury trial is currently scheduled for Feb. 4. A pre-trial conference will be held on Jan. 17.
According to information from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation into
Plaza, when a tip was received by a Payette County law enforcement agency that he had “been in contact with underage boys on social media.”
Washington County officials state their investigation revealed the cases go back as far as 2017. 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.
Plaza allegedly used multiple social media accounts to contact the youths, including at least Instagram and Snapchat.
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.
In addition, Plaza was also involved in multiple youth-based organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club in Payette and Ontario School District, where he was terminated in June after working for a few months.