Suit asks Joshua Jensen to pay $50,000 in punitive damages, 'lost income'

A lawsuit filed Monday in Washington County Circuit Court against a former Beaverton police officer revisits a prostitution-related saga that led to the officer's 30-month prison sentence in June 2010.

Joshua Michael Jensen, who was 25 at the time, was sentenced to 30 months after pleading guilty to two counts of prostitution, two counts of first-degree official misconduct and one count of coercion.

The lawsuit asks Jensen to compensate plaintiff Nola Quas for $120 in 'lost income' and $49,879 to compensate for 'tremendous anxiety and distress.' The suit is based on an April 24, 2010, incident, one of two encounters that led to Jensen's conviction and prison sentence.

In the 2010 criminal case, a woman, who was then unnamed as a victim, claimed Jensen met her in a parking lot near Southwest Scholls Ferry Road and Highway 217 and coerced her to perform oral sex under the threat of arrest for prostitution.

The woman said Jensen was wearing a Beaverton Police Department uniform during the encounter, did not use protection and did not pay for the sexual services as allegedly arranged.

Beaverton detectives identified the suspect as Jensen, who joined Beaverton's law enforcement team on June 23, 2008. At the time he had just completed his 18-month probationary period and was assigned to the patrol division.

The April 24 incident and a similar encounter that occurred earlier, took place while Jensen was on duty.

Washington County Sheriff's Office investigators interviewed Jensen in May 2010, and the Beaverton Police Department placed him on administrative leave. He resigned soon after.

Jensen's second accuser was also in the escort business, said Roger Hanlon, Washington County chief deputy district attorney at the time. She met Jensen in the same Beaverton lot as the April 24 incident, and claimed Jensen paid $40 for her to perform oral sex.

Because the former officer took 'responsibility for his official misconduct,' Thomas W. Kohl, Washington County Circuit Court presiding judge, decided to follow terms of the plea agreement between Hanlon and Jensen's attorney, Michael Staropoli.

In addition to 30 months in prison, Kohl ordered Jensen to be placed on two years of post-prison supervision as well as complete a 12-step sexual addiction program and undergo counseling for sexual compulsion.

Quas' lawsuit requires Jensen to respond within 30 days. Calls to Ted A. Martin, the plaintiff's attorney, were not returned by press time.

Beaverton Police Chief Geoff Spalding said at the time of Jensen's conviction that the former officer's conduct should not serve as a reflection of the city's police force.

'We enjoy a high degree of public trust, and I'm confident this is an isolated event that will not detract from the hard work and reputation of the (department),' Spalding said.

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