United States District Court, E.D. Washington
Christensen, Joshua W.
PETITION FOR ACTION ON CONDITIONS OF PRETRIAL
NOW Amber M. K. Andrade, PRETRIAL SERVICES OFFICER presenting
an official report upon the conduct of defendant Joshua W.
Christensen, who was placed under pretrial release
supervision by the Honorable U.S. Magistrate Judge John T.
Rodgers sitting in the court at Spokane, Washington, on the
29th day of March 2019 under the following conditions.
March 29, 2019, the Honorable John T. Rodgers, U.S.
Magistrate Judge, denied the government's motion for
detention and placed Mr. Christensen under conditions of
supervision, including the following:
Condition #28: The defendant shall participate
in a program of GPS confinement. The defendant shall wear, at
all times, a GPS device under the supervision of U.S.
Probation. In the event the defendant does not respond to GPS
monitoring or cannot be found, the U.S. Probation Office
shall forthwith notify the United States Marshals'
Service, who shall immediately find, arrest and detain the
defendant. The defendant shall pay all or part of the cost of
the program based upon ability to pay as determined by the
U.S. Probation Office.
PRESENTING PETITION FOR ACTION OF COURT FOR CAUSE AS FOLLOWS:
#1: Joshua Christensen disconnected and
relocated his Global Positioning System (GPS) beacon, thus
prohibiting the U.S. probation officer from being able to
properly supervise him as instructed by the Court.
March 29, 2019, Mr. Christensen appeared before the Honorable
John T. Rodgers for a detention hearing. As a result of that
hearing, the government's motion for detention was denied
and the defendant was placed under the supervision of the
U.S. Probation Office.
that hearing, Mr. Christensen was outfitted with an ankle
monitor. The undersigned officer, accompanied by U.S.
Probation Officer Stephanie Cherney, then reviewed the
location monitoring program with Mr. Christensen. He
acknowledged an understanding of the conditions of the GPS
participant agreement, including condition #8, in which the
defendant agrees to allow a base unit/beacon to be placed
within a location and further agrees to not move, disconnect,
or tamper with the monitoring device.
evening of March 29, 2019, following his release from the
Spokane County Jail, Mr. Christensen contacted this officer
upon his arrival at his father's residence as instructed.
When asked about his plans for the next day, the offender
informed this officer that his father was planning to leave
early the next morning to run errands, so he would not have
access to the residence where his beacon was located. Mr.
Christensen advised that he was planning to seek medical
treatment at the Spokane Valley Hospital and pick up his
truck from his friend, Tim Emery's residence. This
officer reminded the defendant to ensure that his battery
remained charged, even suggesting that he switch out his
ankle monitor's battery right before leaving the house
the next morning to ensure his battery did not die. Mr.
Christensen then suggested that he would just take the beacon
with him to the hospital in order to plug it in once he
arrived at Tim's home. The undersigned officer instructed
the defendant not to relocate the beacon and reiterated that
it needed to remain plugged in at his father's residence
as we had discussed, and he stated he understood.
March 30, 2019, at approximately 6:15a.m, the undersigned of
monitoring beacon had been disconnected from its power source
and moved. Unable to establish contact with the defendant,
this officer reached out to his father, who would later
advise the undersigned that he did not see the beacon where
it had been placed the night before.
officer then contacted Mr. Christensen's friend, Tim, in
an effort to locate the defendant whose whereabouts were
unknown to the U.S. Probation Office at that time. Tim
advised he had not yet seen the defendant, as he was under
the impression his friend was still in custody, but assured
this officer that he would have Mr. Christensen contact the
undersigned when he saw/spoke with him.
thereafter, Mr. Christensen contacted this officer and
claimed he had misunderstood this officer's instructions
to not move the beacon. He was subsequently instructed to
report back to his father's residence to plug in the
beacon. Supervising U.S. Probation Officer Tommy Rosser later
met with Mr. Christensen and his family at his father's
residence to verify the beacon was properly installed and
reiterate the requirements of the location monitoring
THAT THE COURT WILL ORDER A SUMMONS
declare under the penalty of perjury that the foregoing ...