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Former Washington Co. deputy pleads no contest to official misconduct

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A former sergeant with the Washington County Sheriff's Office pleaded no contest in court Thursday to the charge of official misconduct.

As part of his plea agreement, Daniel Cardinal was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay $200 in court costs. His Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training police certification was also revoked.  

The investigation began in April 2015 when the sheriff's office received an anonymous email alleging Cardinal and others were engaging in misconduct.

In April, a sheriff's office spokesman told FOX 12 the anonymous email alleged misconduct against female co-workers by three deputies. Most of the allegations were sexual in nature.

Sheriff Pat Garrett placed Cardinal on administrative leave and requested an independent investigation into the allegations.

Cardinal voluntarily resigned on May 1, 2015.

The Portland Police Bureau investigated the allegations and forwarded the case to the Multnomah County district attorney's office for review.

On Thursday, Cardinal pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree official misconduct.

In a statement Thursday, Garrett said, "Mr. Cardinal's plea and loss of his Oregon police certification ensures he will never again work in law enforcement. I remain committed to maintaining very high professional standards, and I fully support decertification of any officer who violates the trust of the community, and this agency by engaging in criminal misconduct."

Another former deputy named in the email, Jonathan Christensen, was indicted by a grand jury in December 2015 following the Portland Police Bureau investigation on charges of official misconduct, fourth-degree assault-domestic and strangulation-domestic.

While the investigation was underway, Christensen was fired by the sheriff's office based on evidence and findings related to a restraining order issued against him.

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