EX-FRUITLAND POLICE OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO 4 FELONY SEX CRIMES INVOLVING CHILDREN
January 21, 2020
A former Fruitland police officer initially charged with eight sex crimes against children in Payette County reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to four felonies on Friday.
Alexander Plaza, 25, was arrested in September on charges that covered alleged abuse between October 2017 and June 2019.
Plaza pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery of a child ages 16 or 17 and one count of sexual abuse of a child younger than age 16.
The abuse occurred when Plaza was off-duty. The Fruitland department confirmed last year that at the time of Plaza’s resignation in June, he was serving in a reserve officer capacity.
Plaza was accused of soliciting a 16- or 17-year-old to engage in sexual activity, according to a copy of his initial criminal complaint. He was accused of asking the child to send him pictures of his genitalia, and on at least one occasion he made a recording of a juvenile’s genitalia, prosecutors said. He also was accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old in 2018.
Each charge that Plaza pleaded guilty to is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. He is set for sentencing on March 20 in Payette County.
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