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Portland police officer charged with sex crimes against a minor

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Portland Police Bureau officer with more than two decades of experience has been charged with sex crimes against a minor.

Scott Elliott, 50, was arrested Thursday by members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and charged with second-degree online sexual corruption of a child and with luring a minor. Both are Class C felonies.

Elliott has been with the PPB for 22 years and was assigned to East Precinct. He has been placed on administrative leave without police powers.

Police said Elliott was told to go to a call on 82nd and Southeast Holgate and that's where deputies arrested him.

According to the bureau's website, Elliott is a member of its sex offender registration detail. His job is to check on registered sex offenders.

Police are continuing their investigation and were coming and going out of his Southeast Portland home into Thursday evening.

Rody Ganchef lives in the house in front of Elliott's. He said Elliott keeps to himself and maintains a low profile "because he's a cop."

He said their daughters used to play together years ago and that Elliott is always friendly.

"He's a good guy anytime I talk to him," Ganchef said.

He said the allegations involving a minor are hard to believe.

"I'm very surprised, I mean, I can't believe it's true, but you never know," he said.

Portland police aren't commenting on the case right now.

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