By Emily E. Smith
A woman who was coerced into oral sex by an on-duty Beaverton police officer in 2010 accepted a settlement in her lawsuit against the former officer and the City of Beaverton for $5,000.
Beaverton City Attorney Bill Kirby said the case resolved last month when the city agreed to pay $4,000 and former police officer Joshua Jensen agreed to pay $1,000 to his victim.
Jensen pleaded guilty to prostitution, official misconduct and coercion charges in June 2010.
The charges stemmed from two incidents that occurred in 2010, in which Jensen arranged to meet a prostitute in Beaverton and surprised them by showing up in uniform, in a marked police car. Both women told investigators he ordered them behind a garbage container.
The woman who sued him said he grabbed her head, forced it down and demanded that she perform oral sex. She told investigators and The Oregonian that she felt she had no choice.
Jensen was not charged with a sex crime and did not have to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. According to the state Department of Corrections, he completed his sentence in November 2011 through an Alternative Incarceration Program.
- Of course not, but if the average citizen did what he did, they'd have to. I thought police were suppose to be held to a "higher" standard?
In the lawsuit, filed by attorney Ted A. Martin, the woman alleges Jensen was not wearing a condom and did not pay her. She sued for one dollar less than $50,000.
She requested damages for lost income in the amount of $120, which she says was the "agreed price for a consensual encounter with the use of a condom," according to the lawsuit. She sought an additional $49,879 for "tremendous anxiety and emotional distress."
Kirby said although the city did not believe it bore responsibility for Jensen's independent actions, officials understood a jury might find otherwise. Leaving the decision up to jurors left the city at greater risk, Kirby said.
"We didn't want to admit in any way that (Jensen) was operating within the scope of his employment," he said.
But the settlement saved the city the cost of going to trial and offered certainty that the city would not face a much higher verdict award, he said.
- Yep, saving your own butts, and your officers. Things like this, when it involves police / government misconduct, in our opinion, should automatically be pushed to a jury trial.
Martin declined to comment on the settlement. His client did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.