Former Myrtle Creek officer gets more than 30 years for child sex abuse

Alexander Salterio admitted to sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl.

Posted: Aug 8, 2019 4:40 PM
Updated: Aug 8, 2019 4:51 PM

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. -- A former Myrtle Creek police officer has been sentenced to 32.5 years in prison for child sex abuse.

Alexander Salterio admitted to sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl. 

Detectives said Salterio also talked to underage girls on Facebook, pretending to be a teenage boy to convince them he was under 18 as well. They said Salterio not only contacted the girls at his home Roseburg but also at the Myrtle Creek Police Department.


Salterio convinced them to send him explicit photos and exchange sexual videos. All of the girls were under the age of 17. Court documents said he threatened to share the images of the girls if they didn't send him more.

Salterio was arrested in February, booked into the Douglas County Jail and charged with 17 felonies.

"It's terrifying," Myrtle Creek resident Jenny Rabern said. "It's such a small community and someone that you trust so much would sink to something so deplorable."

Myrtle Creek resident Thomas Witt has a 13-year-old daughter, and after hearing about the allegations in February, he said he's putting his foot down when it comes to social media.

"It makes we want to take any electronic device away from my kid so she has no control to social media," Witt said. "Because if a cop can do that that easily, what else can they do?"

To read the full probable cause affidavit, click here.

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