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Salem Police Investigating Fatal Shooting - 07/22/17

UPDATE: 07-22-17/4:45 pm

Salem Police were called to the 3100 block of Ryan Dr SE this morning at approximately 3:26 am on a report of a shooting involving a security guard and another subject.

Arriving officers found a male subject in a parking lot who had been shot and a private security guard on scene. The subject who had been shot has been identified as 25-year old Jose Francisco Moreno. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Moreno's next of kin have been notified and are requesting no media contact.

The security guard has been identified as 33-year old Gregory Weston Capwell. He is employed with Homefront Security. Capwell has been interviewed by investigators.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Salem Police Department Tip Line at 503-588-8477.

All further media information will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office.


Salem Police Detectives are currently on the scene of a fatal shooting in the 3100 block of Ryan Dr SE.

The scene is secured and traffic in the area should not be impacted.

No further information is being released at this time. Further information will follow as it becomes available.

Burglary Suspect Arrested After Firing Gunshot - 07/21/17

A Salem man has been arrested on multiple charges and warrants following a burglary incident where a gunshot was fired.

The incident began at approximately 5:30 pm on July 20 when Salem Police Officers were called to a residence in the 900 block of Vista Ave SE on a report of an active burglary. Initial reports were that a resident had returned home and interrupted a burglary in progress. When the resident confronted the suspect, the suspect fled and a gunshot was soon heard from the area where the suspect was last seen. Several officers converged on the scene, and the suspect was seen running away, but failed to comply with officers' commands to stop. The suspect was eventually located near a residence in the 800 block Fairview Ave SE and taken into custody without further incident.

The investigation has shown that the suspect burglarized the residence and removed several items. Among those items were firearms, which he placed in one of the victim's vehicles at the scene and attempted to steal that vehicle. As he was fleeing from the scene and the victim, the gunshot was fired from a handgun that he had stolen. He also discarded several items of stolen property as he was fleeing, which were later recovered and returned to the victim. Nobody was injured in this incident.

As detectives continued with this investigation, they developed probable cause to arrest the suspect on an additional burglary that occurred on July 17 at an auto wrecking yard in northeast Salem. In that incident, the suspect broke into the office of the business and stole several items.

The suspect in this case has been identified as 20-year old Cody Allen Baird of Salem. He was transported to the Marion County Corrections Facility and booked on charges of Burglary in the First Degree, seven counts of Theft in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of Motor Vehicle. For the burglary from July 17, he was charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree and Theft in the Second Degree. Baird also had warrants for his arrest for two counts of Burglary in the First Degree, two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession for a Firearm and Coercion.

The victims in the incident on Vista Ave have asked that their information not be released and request no contact from media.


Salem Police Celebrate Promotion and Special Awards - 07/17/17

The Salem Police Department celebrated the promotions of a Sergeant to the rank of Lieutenant and an officer to the rank of Corporal, and also presented several department members with awards based on exemplary actions in our community.

Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore presided over ceremonies at the Salem Library on Monday afternoon:

Officer Kristy Fitzpatrick was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Fitzpatrick is a combat veteran with the US Army and was hired by the Salem Police Department in 2008. Since being with the Salem Police Department, Corporal Fitzpatrick has been a Field Training Officer, on the Tactical Negotiations Team, Trauma Team, Recruiting Team and has worked on the Mobile Crisis Mental Health Team. Corporal Fitzpatrick will be assigned on patrol.

Sergeant Jeff Barratt was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Lieutenant Barratt is a US Army Airborne Infantry veteran and began his law enforcement career with the Marion County Sheriff's Office in 1993. He came to work for the Salem Police Department in 1996. As an officer with the Salem Police Department, Lieutenant Barratt worked on patrol and as a detective in the Street Crimes Unit and Drug Activity Response Team. He was also a Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor and member of SWAT. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2007 and worked as a patrol Sergeant, as a Sergeant in the Street Crimes Unit and as a Sergeant in Internal Affairs. Lieutenant Barratt is also a Department Rangemaster and armorer.

Chief Moore then presented the following awards and recognitions:

Officer Brandon Howe was presented with a Lifesaving Award for his actions on June 20, 2017 when he responded to the Holiday Lodge on a report of an unconscious subject. Officer Howe found a male who was not breathing and had no pulse. Officer Howe immediately began CPR and continued for several minutes until he was relieved by medics. The subject eventually got a pulse and was transported to the hospital. Officer Howe's quick thinking and actions saved the subject's life.

Officer Erik Ammon was presented with a Lifesaving Award for his actions on April 26, 2017 when he responded to a call of a person in the Mill Creek. The victim was clinging to a piece of rusty metal strapping that was protruding from a bridge support. Officer Ammon lowered a throw rope from his patrol vehicle, and with the assistance of others, was able to help the victim towards the shore. However, due to the nature of the shore, Officer Ammon and others hoisted the victim up and over the bridge railing to safety. Officer Ammon's quick thinking was able to save the victim from the swift moving water on a rainy night and keep him from succumbing to the cold and being swept away.

Officers Daniel Claxton and Branden Smith were presented with a Lifesaving Award for their actions on April 2, 2017 when they responded to a report of an overdose in the back seat of a vehicle. Upon the arrival of Officers Smith and Claxton, they found the victim unconscious with no noticeable pulse. They removed the victim from the vehicle and immediately began to perform CPR, continuing to do so until relieved by medics. Medics were able to establish a pulse for the victim, and Officers Claxton and Smith were credited for keeping him alive during the incident.

Officer Joe Miller and Corporal Gerrit Roelof were presented with a Lifesaving Award for their actions on February 16, 2016 when they responded to a call of a subject who was throwing bricks down from the roof of a building. The subject was in the midst of a mental health crisis and contemplating suicide from the roof when Officer Miller and Cpl Roelof arrived. Cpl Roelof and Officer Miller worked closely together from a dilapidated and dangerous staircase and spoke with the subject for nearly an hour, managing the subject's changing moods, and eventually convincing him to come down to safety and necessary treatment for his crisis. The patience, skill and diligence displayed by Cpl Roelof and Officer Miller to work with this distraught person likely saved the life of the person in crisis.

Officers Matthew Gill and Vance Cooney were presented with a Letter of Recognition for their actions on February 16, 2016 when they responded to a domestic disturbance. A young boy and his younger sister were hiding in a closet as the boy was describing to dispatchers the sounds of the brutal assault of his mother at the hands of his brother. The boy went on to tell dispatchers that he thought his brother was taking a shower. Unfortunately, the boy had provided an incorrect address, and Officers Gill and Cooney approached the wrong house. However, Officer Gill noticed that the next door residence had children's bicycles in the yard and approached that residence. They noticed the suspect in the front window who was wet as if he had just taken a shower and gave him commands to come to the door. The suspect did not comply with commands, and Officer Cooney kept the suspect engaged through the window as Officer Gill forced entry into the residence. Officer Gill, knowing that the young caller and his sister were hiding in the closet of a bedroom, immediately proceeded to find them and assure their safety as Officer Cooney detained the suspect. Officer Gill then held the children and spoke calmly with them as he covered their eyes as he was removing them from the residence so they could not see their mother, who was now deceased and laying of the floor. Officers Gill and Cooney, with their quick thinking and decisive actions, potentially saved these young children from possible harm at the hands of their violent brother, and by shielding the children from seeing their deceased mother in that situation, likely helped to reduce some of the trauma that these young children experienced.

Sergeant Kevin Hill and Officer Omar DeMarco, both members of the Downtown Enforcement Team, were presented with a Letter of Recognition for their compassion in engaging and assisting an elderly and disabled member of our community. Sgt Hill encountered this gentleman on a sunny afternoon as he sat on a bench in downtown Salem. As Sgt Hill spoke with the gentleman, he told Sgt Hill that his disability payments had stopped and because his Social Security payments were much less, he had lost his residence and was now living on the street. Sgt Hill contacted the Salem Housing Authority for assistance and was able to work with them to secure an apartment for the gentleman. Finding that his only possessions were a walker and a backpack with limited personal items, Sgt Hill and Officer DeMarco contacted the Union Gospel Mission store, and they agreed to provide furniture and other furnishings for the gentleman's apartment. Officer DeMarco moved all of the donated items to the gentleman's second floor apartment and assembled it for the gentleman. This gentleman was not creating any problems in the downtown area and was not asking for assistance. Sgt Hill and Officer DeMarco took the time to engage this person in conversation and went above and beyond their typical duties and assisted a member of our community in finding a safe home.

Corporal Mike Baskett was presented with a Letter of Recognition for an extensive investigation that he conducted in 2015. Corporal Baskett was assigned as a Corporal in the Property Crimes Unit at the time, and was assisting the US Marshal's Service when they requested the assistance of the Salem Police Department. They had taken an escaped fugitive into custody in Salem and believed that he had been driving a stolen vehicle. Corporal Baskett, through his investigation, was able to confirm that the vehicle was stolen and recovered a stolen handgun from the truck in the process of the recovery. However, he also found some jewelry and what appeared to be display cases that stores use to display jewelry and other duffle bags and closed containers. Cpl Baskett obtained a search warrant to further search the truck and these items, meticulously went through each item, and was able to identify numerous pieces of stolen property from criminal incidents from North Carolina to Colorado. Corporal Baskett contacted the victims of the crimes, created a timeline of the suspect's movements throughout the country and linked him to several burglaries. He was able to return stolen items to several of those victims. Corporal Baskett wrote numerous case reports and made CDs of his investigative actions and sent them to several different jurisdictions, allowing them to complete their investigations and have appropriate charges filed against the suspect. If not for Corporal Baskett's diligence these criminal acts may have never been resolved and considerable stolen property would not have been returned to victims.

Detectives Scott Nowning, Jeff Staples and Mark Williamson were presented with Letters of Recognition for the in-service training that they provided to the rest of the Salem Police Department in 2016. Detectives Nowning, Staples and Williamson created and presented training on the investigation of child abuse cases, particularly those where child victims are too young to be able to articulate their injuries. The training was described by members of the department as "impressive," and Chief Moore commented "That class is exactly what In Service Training is all about." The passion and expertise that Detectives Nowning, Staples and Williamson displayed have been instrumental in keeping children in our community safe.

Officer Gary Engler was presented with a Distinguished Service Award for his expertise in the area of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) investigations. Officer Engler is an active patrol officer, but is often called upon by officers and supervisors alike to assist others in DUII investigations. He freely offers his assistance and expertise to other officers and other departments as well, providing his insight and knowledge of case law and issues related to driving while impaired. He has consistently led the Salem Police Department in DUII arrests, and his quality investigations have been instrumental in the quick resolution of these cases in the Courts. Officer Engler's passion for DUII investigations has potentially saved untold numbers of lives and injuries.

Members of the Criminal Investigations Section were presented with a Unit Letter of Recognition for their work in investigating four major incidents over a thirteen-day period in which eight individuals were shot and three killed as a result of gun violence in July, 2016. This thirteen day period of investigations was unprecedented in the history of the Salem Police Department, and it was through the tenacity of the investigators that these cases were resolved in a timely manner.

* The first incident was on July 9, 2016 when an individual was shot near a nightclub in south Salem. With little in the way of initial investigative leads, detectives were able to develop suspect information and the suspect was arrested less than 24-hours after the shooting.
* The second incident occurred six days later at a residence in west Salem. In this incident a fight broke out between two subjects and one was fatally shot. Detectives had to work through several varying stories and claims by several different people, but the suspect was ultimately arrested and convicted in the incident.
* The third incident occurred three days later on July 18 with a dispute between gang members that turned deadly at a nighclub. The suspect pulled a gun and shot at rival gang members, injuring four people and killing a person who was not involved with any of the subjects. There were over 100 hundred people contacted in this investigation and an extensive crime scene processed. Despite the extensive scene and number of involved persons, detectives were able to locate and arrest the suspect less than 48 hours later.
* The fourth incident occurred on July 22 as the search for the suspect in the previous incident was underway. This incident occurred at a bar in southeast Salem when the suspect shot another person in the head. With the use of surveillance video, crime scene processing and numerous interviews, detectives were able to piece together what had happened and ultimately present the case to the District Attorney's Office.

The investigators receiving the Letter of Recognition were: Sergeant Gordon Albert, Corporal Jake Burke, Corporal Mike Baskett, Detective Jeff Staples, Detective Mark Williamson, Detective Jamie Vasas, Detective Tony Vandekoppel, Detective Dustin Wann, Detective Scott Nowning, Detective Tom Johnson, Officer Brandon Ditto and Officer Rob Johnston.


Salem Police to conduct pedestrian crosswalk safety campaign-UPDATE - 07/12/17

UPDATE: 07-12-17/ 3:50 pm

The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit conducted two vehicle-pedestrian safety campaigns on June 27th, 2017 and June 28th, 2017. The goal of these safety campaigns is to enhance safety in our community through education to both pedestrians and vehicle operators. Locations are chosen based on crash and complaint data received by the department.

The locations designated for the campaign on June 27th was the 1400 block of Center St NE and on June 28th was the intersection of Edgewater St NW/Kingwood Dr NW. These vehicle-pedestrian safety campaigns were done as a follow-up to earlier campaigns, which were done at these locations March 10, 2017. The Salem Police Department did these campaigns a second time at the same locations to see if the original campaigns were effective in decreasing the number of violations at these crosswalks and increasing awareness of the vehicle-pedestrian traffic laws.

Although Oregon law states that every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk whether marked or not, officers chose to focus on education of drivers found to be in violation at marked crosswalk locations. Drivers were contacted, educated on the law and were also provided with educational materials in English and Spanish. Officers have also conducted safety campaigns aimed at educating pedestrians on their responsibilities as well.

During the campaign on June 27th, 24 drivers were contacted for various violations, 22 of which were pedestrian-related. Of those 22 drivers, only four were issued citations, with 18 receiving education and warnings. There were 10 warnings and nine citations issued for other violations and three arrests were made. This was a substantial reduction from the original campaign on March 10th, where 42 cars were stopped, 35 of which were pedestrian-related stops.

During the campaign on June 28th, 36 drivers were contacted for various violations, all stops were pedestrian-related. Of those 36 drivers, only five were issued citations, with 31 receiving education and warnings. There were four warnings and six citations issued for other violations and one arrest was made. This was a minimal reduction from the original campaign on March 10th, where 39 cars were stopped, 37 of which were pedestrian-related stops.

As officers were preparing for both campaigns, it was noted that while the crosswalk markings at Edgewater St/Kingwood Dr were visible, they were somewhat worn and not as visible as other markings in the area. The Salem Police Department will be working with the Public Works Department to address markings at intersections when appropriate, and will also continue to work on education and enforcement projects to enhance traffic safety.

This safety campaign is in partnership with Oregon Impact in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.


As the weather becomes warmer and days become longer, we typically see more pedestrians out and about at various times of the day and night. It is in these conditions that pedestrian safety issues become even more important. As a result, the Salem Police Department traffic unit will be conducting pedestrian safety enforcement and education campaigns throughout the city during the summer months.

The campaigns will utilize plain clothes officers who will be crossing streets at crosswalk locations all over Salem. Video cameras will be used to record violations. Those who are contacted will be able to view the violation on video.

Oregon law requires all drivers to stop prior to entering a crosswalk for pedestrians who are crossing the street in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
Drivers are required to stop if a pedestrian is either in the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling or in a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling.

Marked crosswalks may be located at or between intersections and are recognized by solid or dashed white lines. Oregon law also states every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk, whether marked or not.

Additionally, a vehicle may not legally pass another vehicle that is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk for a pedestrian. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk are Class B violations and carry a fine of up to $260.00.

This summer safety campaign is in partnership with the organization, Oregon Impact, in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.


Westbound Lanes of Mission St Closed Due to Traffic Crash-UPDATE (Photo) - 07/10/17

UPDATE: 07-10-17/4:20 pm

Officers were dispatched to Mission St SE/25th St SE at 2:50 pm this afternoon on a report of a crash that caused a vehicle to roll onto its top. Arriving officers found a female trapped in the vehicle that was on its top. The westbound lanes of Mission St were closed while the victim could be extricated and her vehicle moved.

The investigation has shown that a female adult was operating her vehicle westbound on Mission St SE approaching 25th St SE. She suffered what appears to be a medical incident, causing her vehicle to crash into two other vehicles that were stopped in the turn lane at the intersection. Her vehicle stopped for a short time, then continued, striking another vehicle that then ran into another vehicle. The last impacts caused the victim's vehicle to flip onto its top.

The driver of the initial vehicle was transported to Salem Health where she is listed in stable condition. Her name is not being released pending notification of family. There were no other injuries in the incident.


UPDATE: 07-10-17/3:49 pm

The westbound lanes of Mission St are now open, but the area remains congested due to the closure.

No further information on the crash is available at this time.


Salem Police are on scene of a multi-vehicle crash that has the westbound lanes of Mission St closed at 25th St SE. Please avoid the area if possible.

No further details are available at this time.

Attached Media Files: mission_st_2.jpg , mission_st_1.jpg
Salem Police To Continue Specialized DUII Enforcement Campaigns - 07/07/17

The Salem Police Department will be continuing with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under The Influence of Intoxicants.

The overtime patrols shifts, funded by Oregon Impact and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired.

During the month of June, one officer worked on one of these focused patrols, arresting one person for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and issuing an additional 27 citations and warnings to other drivers for other violations.

As an agency during the month of June, Salem Police officers arrested 37 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, cited four people for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, issued 79 citations for Driving With a Suspended License, 34 citations for driving without a seatbelt, 12 for driving while using a cellular phone and issued another 920 citations and warnings for various other offenses.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact and NHTSA are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.

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Salem Police Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle/Pedestrian Crash-Photo Attached-UPDATE (Photo) - 07/03/17

UPDATE: 07-03-17/10:20 PM

Salem Police Officers were dispatched to Commercial St SE and Royvonne Ave SE at 5:55 pm this afternoon on a report of a vehicle/pedestrian crash.

Officers arrived to find that 14-year old Shatamera Pruden had been struck by a southbound vehicle as she was crossing the street. She was transported to Salem Health where she later died of her injuries.

The investigation has shown that Shatamera had been crossing Commercial St in an westerly direction when she was struck by a southbound FJ Cruiser. Shatamera had been crossing north of the intersection of Commercial St and Royvonne in an area without a crosswalk. The driver of the vehicle, 31-year old Zane Hilton, was not injured and remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

There have been no arrests or citations and the investigation is continuing.


UPDATE: 07-03-17/9:45 pm

Commercial St is now open to normal traffic flow.

Further information on the crash will be released as it becomes available.


Salem Police are on the scene of a serious injury crash involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian on Commercial St SE near Royvonne Ave SE.

The investigation is currently underway, and the southbound lanes of Commercial St are closed from Keglers Ln SE to Boone Rd SE. Please avoid the area if possible. If you must travel south on Commercial, traffic is being detoured southbound on Sunnyside Rd SE, then back to Commercial St on Kuebler Blvd.

No further information on the crash is available at this time. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Attached Media Files: crash.jpg , crash_16.jpg , crash_45.jpg
Make safety a part of your Independence Day celebrations - 06/30/17

Independence Day is a day of celebration for our nation, and we at the City of Salem would like to help make sure that our community remains safe.

Every year during the 4th of July season, police, fire and medical personnel respond to numerous fireworks-related calls for service. In 2016, there were 192 reported fireworks-related fires that caused more than $519,000 in damage throughout the state. There were also many injuries related to fireworks, both legal and illegal.

The Salem Police and Fire Departments are anticipating a very busy four-day period this year
surrounding the 4th of July, and emergency services will be prioritizing their responses. As always, emergency calls for service that are posing an immediate danger to persons and property will be our top priority. Due to the expected call volumes and limited staffing levels, fireworks complaints will also be prioritized. Police and fire resources will be responding to those complaints of fireworks activity that are currently posing a danger to persons and/or property.

Especially during this extended time of celebration, the City of Salem urges our residents to act responsibly and to prepare themselves, their property and their pets.

Illegal fireworks can pose a substantial danger to not only property, but to the safety of persons as well. Don't be fooled by the wet winter and spring that the Salem area experienced this year. Conditions are very dry in many areas and pose a substantial fire danger. These illegal fireworks often shoot into the air and/or explode, causing an even greater danger to our community. Please act responsibly and use only fireworks that have been purchased from
reliable sellers, and carefully read and follow the directions on the fireworks.

If you will be celebrating with fireworks, be considerate of your neighbors. Contact them ahead of time and discuss good times for your celebrations that will be the least disruptive to them. Even better, invite your neighbors to join you in the celebrations! If your neighbor's celebrations are being disruptive, try to have a calm and peaceful dialogue with them. People may not realize what effect their celebrations are having on those around them.

Remember that pets are often frightened by fireworks. Bringing them indoors during the times
when fireworks are the most prominent and soothing them can be very helpful. If they're
frightened by fireworks, don't have them outside with you while enjoying your fireworks. They
won't enjoy it! For more tips about ways to calm your pets, please contact your veterinarian.

Residents are reminded to only use fireworks that are permitted in our state. For safety tips, please watch our safety video (closed-captioned in English and Spanish) which will be posted on the Salem Police Department social media channels and/or on our YouTube channel:

The City of Salem wishes everyone in our community a happy and safe 4th of July. Please
celebrate safely, be considerate of those around you and don't drink at drive.


Salem Police Arrest Prolific Auto Theft Suspect - 06/29/17

Salem Police Detectives have arrested a suspect on charges stemming from multiple auto thefts, for leading law enforcement officers on dangerous pursuits in our community and for endangering victims.

Detectives served a search warrant in the 3200 block of D St NE this afternoon and arrested 23-year old David Chandler Forsyth and 37-year old Javier Moreno.

Forsyth had valid warrants for his arrest for Parole Violation on past charges of auto theft. Detectives were also seeking to arrest him on at least six counts of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, six counts of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, three counts of Eluding an Officer-Felony, three counts of Eluding an Officer-Misdemeanor, three counts of Reckless Driving, two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, two counts of Menacing and one count of Attempted Assault in the Second Degree. There are still several other auto theft cases under ongoing investigation.

The charges stem from Forsyth allegedly stealing Honda sedans from throughout the area, then driving recklessly and dangerously through the community when officers have attempted to stop him in the stolen vehicles. In each of those pursuits, officers decided not to pursue him further due his aggressive driving and the ongoing danger to the community. In one incident, citizens attempted to confront him while he was in a stolen vehicle and he aggressively drove towards them as he escaped.

Javier Moreno had valid warrants for his arrest for Failure to Appear on charges of Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon. Moreno refused to surrender after multiple warnings and sustained dog bites as he was being taken into custody.

Both Forsyth and Moreno are being transported to the Marion County Corrections Facility.


Suspect Arrested For Sexual Offenses a Minor - 06/26/17

Salem Police Detectives have arrested a suspect on numerous sexual charges against a minor female.

Officers were doing a routine check of Orchard Heights Park at about 12:50 am this morning when they encountered a vehicle. Upon making contact with the male adult occupant of the vehicle, they also found a 16-year old female in the vehicle. Further investigation led officers to believe there was illegal activity and an investigation ensued.

After interviews by detectives, 26-year old Kyle Johnson of Salem was arrested on charges of Compelling Prostitution, Delivery of a Controlled Substance to a Minor, Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree and Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree.

The investigation has shown that the suspect first made contact with the victim on a social media platform and continued to communicate with her, eventually setting up meetings with her and offering controlled substances and alcohol.

Due to the nature of the allegations against Johnson, investigators are concerned that there may be additional victims of whom we are not yet aware. Anyone who has had similar approaches, propositions or communications are asked to contact the Salem Police Department Tip Line at 503-588-8477.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind parents to be aware of the online activities of their children. Computers in the home should be kept in a common area where the activity can be readily viewed by others in the home. Set limits on social media accounts and have rules in place to be able to view your childrens' activities online. Have conversations with your children about online safety to include not becoming friends with people who are unknown to them, verifying the identities of those requesting connections, and immediately reporting any approaches by strangers to connect in person. Any requests for photos of sexual nature or the receipt of such photos should be reported immediately to a responsible adult, and immediately discontinue contact with anyone who makes them feel uncomfortable.

Parents should also be aware of and have consistent access to their childrens' smart phones, online gaming systems and what online activities they are engaging in when with their friends.