PORTLAND - A Portland police officer pleaded not guilty in court Monday to felony sex crimes involving children.
Officer Scott Elliott, 50, was arrested Thursday by Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies for online sexual corruption of a child and luring a minor.
“Elliott did unlawfully and knowingly furnish to and use with a law enforcement officer posing as a minor a visual representation, an explicit verbal description, and a narrative account of sexual conduct, for the purpose of inducing the law enforcement officer posing as a minor to engage in sexual conduct," according to court documents.
Elliott is a 22-year member of the bureau and assigned to East Precinct, the Portland Police Bureau said in a prepared statement.
He was placed on administrative leave without police powers.
"As this is an ongoing criminal investigation by an outside agency, the Portland Police Bureau will have no further comment on this case at this time," said Sgt. Pete Simpson.
Bail for Elliott was set at $500,000.
Elliott worked in the bureau's sex offender registration detail.
Forensic psychologist Frank Colistro said Elliott's alleged crimes were not likely to have been fueled by his work assignment.
"I've evaluated hundreds, if not thousands, of sex offenders over 30 years," he said. "This never has anything to do with personal demographics. It's everything from politicians to bums and everything in between."
According to a report in the Oregonian, Elliott was also a firearms instructor for cadets. The paper also reported that Elliott was taken into custody after being asked to go to a Southeast Portland intersection to transport a prisoner to jail.