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Former Washington Co. deputy pleads guilty to coercion, strangulation, misconduct

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Jonathan Christensen in court Tuesday (Source: KPTV) Jonathan Christensen in court Tuesday (Source: KPTV)
WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A former Washington County Sheriff's Office corporal pleaded guilty to charges of coercion, strangulation and official misconduct.

Jonathan Christensen was indicted by a grand jury in December 2015. While the investigation was ongoing, he was served with a restraining order that was upheld by a circuit court in June 2015.

He was fired in August 2015 based on evidence and findings related to the restraining order, according to the sheriff's office.

The investigation began in April 2015 when the Washington County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous email accusing Jonathan Christensen and other deputies of misconduct. Investigators said at the time that most of the allegations were sexual in nature and involved female co-workers.

David Bergquist pleaded guilty to the charge of harassment in March after reaching a plea deal. He retired from the Washington County Sheriff's Office and was sentenced to probation and community service. His police certification was also revoked.

Daniel Cardinal pleaded no contest to the charge of official misconduct in January. His police certification was revoked and he was sentenced to probation. Cardinal resigned from the sheriff's office in May 2015.

Christensen is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 6.

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