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Teen lied about his age, claimed to be 18, prosecutors say

Michael AlexanderA former Washington County Sheriff's deputy will not face prison time after he pleaded guilty to having sex with a teenaged boy in Idaho.

Michael Alexander, 46, was sentenced to five years' probation in Canyon County 3rd District Court on Monday, May 8, according to the Idaho Statesman newspaper.

Alexander was a patrol sergeant with the Washington County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) when he resigned from the agency last March, after working for the WCSO for 19 years.

He could have spent up to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to having sex with a 15-year-old boy in Idaho.

Alexander met the boy in 2015 on Grindr, a dating app aimed at gay and bisexual men. According to prosecutors, the boy used a fake profile, claiming to be 18 years old, when he began texting Alexander while on vacation in Oregon.

The texts included conversations about having sex in Alexander's truck, and included photos of Alexander in uniform, the newspaper reported.

Alexander drove to Idaho twice in 2015 to have sex with the boy, according to court records.

Police began investigating Alexander after the boy's mother found the text messages on her son's phone. Alexander was placed on leave in February 2016 after the police department in Meridian, Idaho, alerted the WCSO about its investigation.

In March, he pleaded guilty to felony lewd conduct with a child under 16.

As part of his sentence, Alexander will have to pay a $546 fine.