According to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Derrick O'Meara, who is the Director of the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center, a 21 year old Fort Drum Soldier has been arrested for having sexual contact with an underage female child in the City of Rome.

The 21 year old, Alexander Calixto, arranged to meet with the child on March 19th, 2022, in the City of Rome, after exchanging information on dating and social media internet sites. At approximately 12:30 p.m. on March 19th, the 13 year old female victim, in this case, was reported to Rome Police as a missing person. At approximately 8:00 p.m. on March 19th, Rome Police received information that the child was possibly at a hotel in Rome. Rome Police responded to the hotel and located the child with Calixto. The Child Advocacy Center was then notified about this case by the Rome Police Department.

Investigator Ryan Kelly of the Utica Police Department, and Investigator Mark Chrysler of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, both assigned to the Child Advocacy Center, were assigned to this case. With the assistance of members of the Rome Police Department, the investigation revealed that Calixto had sexual contact with the 13 year old female, while at the hotel in Rome.

On March 20th, 2022, Calixto was arrested by CAC Investigators Kelly and Chrysler. Calixto, originally from Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania, was charged with Rape in the 2nd Degree, a Class D Felony.

After arrest processing, Calixto was taken to the Sheriff’s Correctional Facility where he was arraigned and remanded to the facility in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $15,000 bond.

An Order of Protection has been issued on behalf of the victim and services have been offered to the child through the Child Advocacy Center.