WEST SALEM — Salem Police Detectives arrested a suspect on numerous sexual charges against a female minor, according to a press release from the Salem Police Department.
Officers were performing a routine check of Orchard Heights Park at about 12:50 a.m. on Monday when they encountered a vehicle, according to the release. Upon making contact with the adult male 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, Kyle Johnson, 26, of Salem, was arrested on charges of compelling prostitution, delivery of a controlled substance to a minor, second-degree sexual abuse, and first-degree online sexual corruption of a child.
The investigation showed that Johnson 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, according to the police report.
Due to the nature of the allegations against Johnson, investigators are concerned that there may be additional victims.
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 should be kept in a common area where activity can be readily viewed by others. Set limits on social media accounts and have rules in place to be able to view childrens' activities online, the press release stated.
Salem police encouraged parents to have conversations with 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, the release states. 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' smartphones, online gaming systems and the online activities they are engaging in when with their friends, the press release states.