A Calaveras County correctional officer, an employee of the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested Tuesday this week and accused of two felony assaults with a firearm on a woman he used to live with, as well as two misdemeanors related to domestic violence, incidents that reportedly occurred in April 2019 and May 2019.
Ian Gabriel Christiansen, 25, of San Andreas, was arrested Tuesday at Calaveras County Jail, where he was employed until he was placed on administrative leave, and he was booked the same day at Tuolumne County Jail.
Christensen was released from Tuolumne County Jail on $80,000 bail.
Calaveras County sheriff’s staff said Christensen is accused of committing domestic violence related crimes against the unnamed victim while he was off duty in 2019. Staff with the Sheriff’s Office in Calaveras County got a report more than a month ago, on March 6 and took an initial report from the victim. Sheriff’s staff then contacted the Calaveras County District Attorney’s Office to have prosecutors and their staff take over the investigation, to avoid potential perceptions of conflict of interest.
When the District Attorney’s staff decided to bring criminal charges against Christensen, the Sheriff’s Office placed Christensen on administrative leave, Calaveras County sheriff’s staff said in a statement earlier this week.
According to a two-page criminal complaint put together by Calaveras County District Attorney’s staff, Christensen committed the misdemeanors on April 1, 2019, when he allegedly “inflicted corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition” on the victim, and between April 1 and April 30, 2019, when he allegedly “used force and violence upon the person of Jane Doe, who was the defendant’s former cohabitant.”
The complaint states the felonies occurred May 23, 2019, when Christensen allegedly assaulted the victim twice with a firearm.
Deputy District Attorney Dana Pfiel said Christensen’s maximum sentence if found guilty on all counts would be six years in state prison plus an additional 364 days in county jail.
Christensen is set to be arraigned on June 15 at the Calaveras County Superior Court.
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