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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A San Jose police officer has been arrested and charged with raping a woman whom he had just dropped off at a hotel after responding to a domestic disturbance last year, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
Officer Geoffrey Graves, 38, was arrested Monday and has been charged with forcible rape for the incident, which happened on Sept. 22, 2013, according to the district attorney’s office.
On that day at about 2 a.m., Graves, who was on duty, responded with another officer to an argument between a husband and wife, prosecutors said.
The officers concluded that the two had been drinking and arguing but that no crime had been committed, prosecutors said.
However, the woman, who worked as a hotel maid, told police that she wanted to stay at a hotel nearby where she used to work, according to prosecutors.
Graves took her to the hotel in his patrol car at about 2:30 a.m.
The woman rented a room and fell asleep, but about 15 minutes later, Graves allegedly knocked on the door, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said Graves walked into the room, grabbed the woman and threw her on the bed. According to prosecutors, he then allegedly took off parts of his uniform and the woman’s pants and underwear and raped her, then left the room about 10 minutes later.
The woman reported the incident on Oct. 15, according to police, who launched a five-month investigation into the allegations. Prosecutors said physical evidence corroborates the woman’s allegations, and a warrant was issued for Graves’ arrest.
Graves surrendered Monday, was booked into the Santa Clara County main jail and was released earlier Tuesday after posting $100,000 bail. He will be arraigned in court on March 24, according to Superior Court spokesman Joe Macaluso.
Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement, “Although rare, on-duty misdeeds bestow an unjustified blight on the stellar reputation of our hard working peace officers,” District “The defendant will be held accountable for his unlawful actions.
San Jose police Chief Larry Esquivel said the allegations do not reflect on other police officers on the force.
“This is an extremely serious allegation, and if proven true, the officer will be held accountable,” Esquivel said. “While this incident is very troubling and tugs at our integrity, it is an isolated incident.”
Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to contact Sgt. Craig Storlie at (408) 277-4082.
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