Police arrest man accused of rape, impersonating an officer

Posted at 3:06 PM, Aug 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-09 17:23:57-04

MIDVALE — A man accused of posing as a police officer and raping a woman was arrested Thursday, West Valley police said Friday.

Detectives received information that the suspect, C.J. Christiansen, 28, was staying at a hotel in Salt Lake City.

Christiansen has been charged with several felonies including rape and kidnapping after sexually assaulting a woman at her home July1.

The victim told police Christiansen claimed to be an undercover cop.

“I don’t know if he had a badge, but he did have a gun,” said West Valley police spokesman Sgt. Jason Hauer.

Detectives tracked Christiansen to a Best Western in Midvale and waited for the him to come out of his room.

After a short stakeout of the hotel room Christiansen and his girlfriend came out and went to their car, Hauer said. He was immediately taken into custody and was booked into Salt Lake County Jail. His girlfriend was released.

The victim told police she met Christiansen on a telephone dating service. When they arranged to meet, the woman said, the suspect handcuffed her and told her he was going to arrest her for prostitution.

Christiansen also stole approximately $70 from the victim.

Christiansen has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, impersonating a police officer, aggravated burglary, forcible sexual abuse, rape and forcible sodomy.