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San Jose Police Officer Geoffrey Graves Charged with Raping Woman While On-Duty

Geoffrey GravesA police officer in California’s third-largest city has been accused of raping a vulnerable woman in a hotel room while on duty last September.

The San Jose Mercury News reports Geoffrey Graves, a six-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department, turned himself in to authorities before posting $100,000 bail and being released on Monday.

Graves was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of one count of forcible rape. According to San Jose police and district attorney, Graves responded to a family disturbance at the alleged victim’s home. When the woman told Graves she did not want to stay home with her husband, the officer drove her to a hotel. He allegedly waited until a second officer departed before going back to the woman’s hotel room and raping her, removing most of his uniform but keeping his bulletproof vest on.

KGO reports the district attorney’s office confirmed physical evidence corroborates the alleged victim’s story.

“This is an extremely serious allegation, and if proven true, the officer will be held accountable,” SJPD Chief Larry Esquivel said in a statement. “While this incident is very troubling and tugs at our integrity, it is an isolated incident and by no means a reflection of our officers who perform their duties with honor and professionalism on a daily basis.”

Graves has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. He is due to appear in court on March 24.

The San Jose Police Department has been experiencing significant difficulties lately, with many officers resigning amid a dispute with the police union over pay and benefits. The city of 983,000 residents has also been dealing with rising crime in recent years, although it remains safer than many other major cities of comparable size.

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