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Published July 24 2012

TSA officer charged with terrorizing, domestic violence

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – A screening officer at Devils Lake Regional Airport is accused of assaulting his roommate and threatening him with a handgun – his second arrest for domestic violence within a year.

Robert Don Jensen, 40, of Brinsmade, was charged last week in Benson County District Court with felony terrorizing and misdemeanor counts of simple assault and ingesting a controlled substance. Authorities alleged his urine tested positive for THC, the active chemical in marijuana.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Jensen was being held on $5,000 bail in the Lake Region Correctional Center in Devils Lake.

He remains employed by the federal Transportation Security Administration, said John Hursey, TSA federal security director.

A TSA spokeswoman said in an email that Jensen has been removed from screening operations pending the outcome of the case.

Jensen is a supervisory transportation security officer who has been employed by the TSA since 2002 and working at the Devils Lake airport since 2004, according to the TSA spokeswoman.

The assault charge alleges that Jensen came home from the bar July 13 and pushed and shoved his roommate during an argument, leaving him with a fat lip and red marks on his cheeks.

After the domestic dispute, Jensen allegedly threatened the man with a gun, causing him to fear for his life and leave the residence, according to the terrorizing charge.

Jensen was arrested that night without incident, Benson County Sheriff Steve Rohrer said.

Authorities served a search warrant the next day at the Brinsmade residence, seizing multiple firearms and smoking devices containing residue, court documents show.

A message left for Jensen at the jail Tuesday wasn’t returned. During his court appearance Monday, a judge ordered that an attorney be appointed to him, but one wasn’t listed in online court records or with the jail Tuesday.

In his previous domestic violence case, Jensen was charged with simple assault last September after he allegedly pushed a woman against the wall and grabbed her arm, causing bruising. He also was accused of pushing a 12-year-old child to the ground, injuring the child’s ankle.

The state agreed to defer prosecution for one year if Jensen followed certain conditions, including following the recommendations of an alcohol and drug evaluation. He also was required to remain law abiding.

The agreement, dated Nov. 9 and signed by Jensen and Benson County State’s Attorney James Wang, noted that Jensen had successfully completed an anger management program in the past.

Jensen faces up to five years in prison if convicted of the terrorizing charge.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528


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