Fired Washington County sheriff’s emissary indicted, jailed on duress charges

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Jonathan Christensen 

A former Washington County sheriff’s emissary dismissed after coercing a co-worker into stability a passionate attribute was arrested and charged with several crimes Sunday, a sheriff’s bureau said.

Jonathan Christensen, a former corporal, incited himself into a Washington County Jail Sunday and was requisitioned on duress and other charges, according to a news release.

A Washington County grand jury on Friday indicted Christensen on charges of coercion, 4 depends of central misconduct, domestic attack and domestic strangulation following an review that began in Apr after a sheriff’s bureau perceived an unknown email alleging that Christensen and others had intent in misconduct.

The email also was sent to The Oregonian/OregonLive.

The Portland Police Bureau recently resolved an review and a Multnomah County District Attorney’s bureau subsequently presented a box to a grand jury.

Sheriff Pat Garrett dismissed Christensen, a 16-year maestro of a sheriff’s department, in Aug after anticipating he expected choked a associate emissary while in uniform and coerced her into stability their passionate relationship. His actions disregarded domestic assault laws and a bureau formula of ethics, Garrett said.

The policeman had progressing put Christensen on leave after receiving an unsigned minute accusing him and other deputies of carrying on-duty sex on avocation and alleging widespread passionate nuisance of womanlike employees.

In an Apr 29 confining sequence petition, a associate emissary wrote that she told Christensen, who is married to a Hillsboro detective, that she wanted to finish their relationship. On Mar 10, she said, Christensen arrived during her home while he was on duty, wearing his uniform and gun, and shoved her opposite a wall, pulled her hair and choked her.

The probity extended a confining sequence in June, anticipating that Christensen acted a “credible threat” to a deputy.

The sequence also criminialized Christensen from a sheriff’s bureau and from carrying guns and ammunition.

Two other deputies were placed on leave after a group perceived a letter. One of them, Sgt. Dan Cardinal, resigned while underneath review in May. The third emissary stays on leave – sheriff’s officials have declined to name him.

“While there is a hypothesis of ignorance in a probity system, a allegations opposite Mr. Christensen are really serious,” Garrett pronounced in a statement. “The grand jury’s preference is an critical sign that no one, including a law coercion officer, is above a law.”

– George Rede

grede@oregonian.com
503-294-4004
@georgerede

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