Oklahoma City Police Department officials address why one of their own was arrested

Alex Edwards, Oklahoma County Jail

Alex Edwards, Oklahoma County Jail

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Police Department officials held a press conference Monday morning to address why one of their own was arrested.

Police say Lt. Alex Edwards, 36, was arrested Friday night on multiple charges.

He is accused of conspiring to commit a felony, using a computer to violate state statute, obstruction of justice, and aiding in prostitution.

Police were tipped off about Lt. Edwards alleged criminal activity by the FBI.

Agents were working a prostitution sting and after making an arrest they learned of a connection between Lt. Edwards and one of the prostitutes.

Police say that Edwards attempted to set up a meeting with a woman where sex would be exchanged for money and  say that the two were supposed to meet at an Oklahoma City hotel.

Authorities say he tipped off the prostitute by giving the woman specific details about the FBI’s ongoing investigation.

Police say the exchange between the two was found on the woman’s cell phone.

“The sensitive law-enforcement information was intended to assist the person in avoiding arrest and permitting criminal conduct to continue,” Captain Paco Balderrama said.

Officers say they have no reason to believe any criminal activity happened while Edwards was at work.

But he was on duty when he was arrested late Friday night.

He has since bonded out of jail and is on administrative leave.

The FBI is planning a press conference Tuesday to provide more information on the officer’s arrest.

Lt. Edwards has been with the Oklahoma City Police Department for 10 years.