Jonathan Sall, 56, was a civilian employee with the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) in Seattle, Washington and was the special agent in charge of the Coast Guard’s Northwest region. The Coast Guard relieved Jonathan Sall of his position as special agent in charge pending the outcome of his case.
Special agent Sall was originally charged with second-degree rape and indecent liberties in connection with an incident that occurred 17FEB18 in Vancouver, Washington. On 02MAR18, he plead not-guilty, then on 19JUL18, he plead guilty to a plea-bargain deal of third-degree rape. It would seem he’s looking at losing his career in the Coast Guard Investigative Service and a prison sentence to boot.
While that’s logical and makes sense, it doesn’t always follow American protocol. Remember the numerous people in Washington D.C. who are accused of nefarious dealings and never receive any punishment. They not only continue to receive a paycheck, but also retain their security clearances. If Jonathan Sall were in Washington D.C., he probably would have avoided a conviction and possibly been promoted. Please pardon our cynicism, but there once was a time when our country believed in the rule of law.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence in Vancouver, Washington shortly after 6 a.m. Jonathan Sall had apparently slipped into a bed where a fellow agent and his girlfriend were sleeping. The girlfriend (victim) told deputies that she was awakened at about 3 a.m. to discover Sall inappropriately touching her.
She kicked Sall away and raising her voice demanded he get the fuck out of the couple’s bed and bedroom immediately. The commotion woke up his fellow CGIS agent who was sawing logs on the other side of the bed. The drowsy agent noticed Jonathan Sall crawling out of the bedroom and called 911.
Sall was sleeping in the couple’s home when deputies arrived. He claimed he had been there for a party the night before and couldn’t remember what happened overnight, the affidavit said. When asked specifically about the sexual assault, Special Agent Sall asserted his Fifth Amendment Right against Self-incrimination, saying “I have nothing more to say.”
People who have known Jonathan Sall since the early 1990s say he was arrogant as all hell. “He probably was all that and a bag of chips,” said a member of our staff. One particular individual who knew Sall for two decades asked to remain anonymous, but said that Jonathan Sall had many friends because of his gregarious party-animal persona, but speculated that he may have had just as many enemies because of the supreme arrogance that he frequently displayed. Sometimes when a person is given a badge and gun, they morph into a very different person altogether.
Sall may have plead guilty to save his wife from an embarrassing trial and complete financial ruin having to pay exorbitant legal costs. Those familiar with both Jonathan and his wife say that he probably deserved his fate. but Mrs. Sall certainly didn’t deserve all the anguish she has been forced to endure. A conviction means that Jonathan Sall will probably have to find another line of work that does not involve a badge and gun.
We say this cautiously. In another case, Lieutenant Colonel Bryan J. Bodner was convicted at a court martial of raping a woman and went on to a very lucrative career working for the government involved in sensitive classified work. How in the world Bodner retained his security clearance is still a mystery.
While there are people out there, most likely including the victim, who would like to see Jonathan Sall flipping hamburgers at McDonalds after a lengthy prison sentence; don’t hold your breath. Sadly, many criminals are actually rewarded by the American judicial system. Don’t forget about Kate Steinle who was shot in the back by Jose Inez Garcia Zarate on 01JUL2015. A San Francisco jury acquitted Zarate of murder and manslaughter charges.
Actually, two women were victimized by the actions of this stupid and arrogant man, his wife and the girlfriend of his fellow special agent. It makes us wonder, if during his investigative career, was Jonathan Sall ever involved in any cases where people were charged with fraternization, adultery, sexual assault or rape? It’s like being convicted in the military of fraternization when Bill Clinton was President, the ultimate example of hypocrisy.
What Sall’s sentence will be is anyone’s guess. The case is being handled by Judge Gregory Gonzales, Department 4, in Vancouver, Washington, Superior Court. Phone number is: 360-397-2150.
Jonathan Sall reminds us of another supremely arrogant individual who also had a proclivity for sexual assault…