Indictment: Former WCSO corporal arrested after misconduct alleg - KPTV - FOX 12

Indictment: Former WCSO corporal arrested after misconduct allegations

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A former corporal at the Washington County Sheriff's Office who was terminated in August has been charged with several crimes.

According to deputies, the sheriff’s office received an anonymous email in April accusing Jonathan Christensen, amongst others, of engaging in misconduct. Christensen was placed on administrative leave, and the Portland Police Bureau agreed to help investigate the allegations. 

While the original investigation was underway, Christensen was served with a restraining order, which was upheld by a circuit court in June. He was fired from the sheriff’s office based on evidence and findings of the circuit court. 

The PPB recently finished its investigation and forwarded the case to the Multnomah County District Attorney, which then presented the case to a Washington County grand jury. 

On Dec. 11, the grand jury indicted Christensen on charges of coercion, four counts of official misconduct, assault 4-domestic and strangulation-domestic.

Christensen turned himself in to the Washington County Jail Sunday. 

In response to the arrest, Sheriff Pat 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 Jury's 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 Sheriff's Office.

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