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Former corporal jailed on misconduct, assault charges

JONATHAN CHRISTENSENJonathan Christensen, a former corporal at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office who was terminated in August, was arrested Friday and charged with several crimes.

In April of 2015, the WSCO received an anonymous email alleging Christensen, a Cornelius resident, and several others had engaged in misconduct, according to Sgt. Bob Ray, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Pat Garrett placed Christensen on administrative leave and requested a comprehensive independent investigation into the allegations.

Christensen had worked for the WCSO since December 1999.

The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) 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 on the evidence and findings of the circuit court, Garrett terminated Christensen’s employment in August.

An “Imposition of Discipline” letter dated July 29 and signed by Garrett said that on March 10 and while wearing his uniform, Christensen visited a female, off-duty employee of the WCSO at her home and “grabbed her hair … shoved her against a wall, grabbed her around her neck” and choked her.

The letter also said that of all Christensen’s misconduct, Garrett was most concerned with his “violent and intimidating abuse of a co-worker.”

The PPB recently concluded its investigation and forwarded the case to the Multnomah County District Attorney for review.

On Dec. 11, the Multnomah County District Attorney presented the case to a Washington County Grand Jury.

The grand jury returned an indictment of: coercion; four counts of official misconduct; domestic assault 4; and domestic strangulation.

On Dec. 13, Christensen voluntarily turned himself in to the Washington County Jail, where he was booked on the charges.

He was released on bail the same day, according to Ray.