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Former Salem Officer Sees Charges DroppedTim King Salem-News.com
Charges in two of the three cases have been dropped over a hung jury.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Charges of rape and sex abuse have been dropped against a former Salem Police officer. 39-year old Sterling Alexander had been charged in three separate cases.
A split jury led to the latest development in the case. Alexander still faces sentencing on a second-degree Sex Abuse charge and over a conviction for Official Misconduct.
The former Salem Police officer alleges that he was subject to racial bias at the capitol city police agency. He represented one of the city's few African American employees. Prior to working in Salem, Alexander was a police officer in Stayton, Oregon and a military policeman in the U.S. Army before that.
Alexander has maintained a high profile since he was initially charged, shortly after leaving Salem Police. Active in church and with the NAACP's Salem chapter.
The cases against Alexander spanned a number of years. One of the victims in the case was 17-years old. He claimed that he had no knowledge of the girl's age when they had consensual sex. This is the case that resulted in a conviction for second-degree Sex Abuse.
Another woman who filed charges was a resident of Stayton at the time of the alleged occurrence. This was the oldest of the three cases.
The third woman to bring charges against Sterling Alexander is another former employee of the city of Salem. She claimed in court that an act of oral sex she performed on him was forcible.
Charges in these two cases were dropped as a result of the hung jury.
Sterling Alexander will return to court in October for sentencing on the second-degree Sex Abuse and Official Misconduct allegations. Prior to that day, he will undergo an evaluation from a court psychologist.
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