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Former Washington County Sheriff's corporal arrested
A former Washington County Sheriff's corporal has been arrested on several criminal charges.
Jonathan Christensen, who was terminated in August, is accused of Coercion, four counts of Official Misconduct, Assault 4 (Domestic), and Strangulation (Domestic).
The WCSO received an anonymous email alleging Christensen and others of misconduct in April. Sheriff Pat Garrett quickly placed
Christensen on administrative leave and requested a comprehensive independent investigation into the allegations. The Portland Police Bureau agreed to investigate the allegations against the individuals named in the anonymous email.
While the original investigation was ongoing, Christensen was served with a restraining order which was upheld by a circuit court on June 22. Based upon the evidence and findings of the circuit court, Garrett terminated his employment.
Portland police recently concluded its investigation and forwarded the case to the Multnomah County District Attorney for review. The Multnomah County District Attorney presented the case to a Washington County Grand Jury on Dec. 11. The Grand Jury indicted Peterson on the charges.
Christensen voluntarily turned himself in to the Washington County Jail on Dec. 13, 2015, where he was booked on the charges. In response, Garrett said, I extend my gratitude to the Portland Police Bureau and the Multnomah County District Attorney for their dedication and critical work on this case. While there is a presumption of innocence in our justice system, the allegations against Mr. Christensen are very serious. The Grand Jurys decision is an important reminder that no one, including a law enforcement officer, is above the law. I will continue to enforce the highest standards of conduct and professionalism at the Washington County Sheriffs Office.