Former Salem officer pleads guilty to misconduct



SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A six-year veteran of the Salem Police Department who quickly rose up the ranks to patrol corporal has pleaded guilty to first-degree official misconduct and permanently lost his police certification.

Officer Raul “Rico” Ramirez agreed to two years of probation and 80 hours of community service after he admitted to using his position to engage in inappropriate texting and phone calls with a teenage girl.

The two had no physical contact.

Ramirez resigned in April.

Salem police began an investigation in the spring. The Marion County District Attorney’s Office recused itself from the investigation, and the Lane County office served as prosecutors.