Ex-sheriff’s deputy gets probation for choking coworker

Jonathan Christensen pleaded guilty to coercion, strangulation and official misconduct

Jonathan Christensen was arrested on charges of coercion, 4 counts of official misconduct, domestic assault and domestic strangulation. (WCSO)
Jonathan Christensen was arrested on charges of coercion, 4 counts of official misconduct, domestic assault and domestic strangulation. (WCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former Washington County sheriff’s corporal accused of choking a fellow deputy has been sentenced to two years of probation.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Jonathan Christensen was also ordered Tuesday to undergo anger management counseling after pleading guilty to charges of coercion, strangulation and official misconduct. The coercion charge could be dropped if Christensen follows the terms of his probation.

The deputy says Christensen slammed her against a wall with his arm around her neck as he demanded that she continue their intimate relationship.

Christensen, who was fired from the sheriff’s office in August 2015, had also been under investigation at the time related to allegations that deputies were having sex on the job and engaging in other sexual misconduct.

Christensen declined to speak on his own behalf Tuesday.

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