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Calif. cop charged with raping woman who called for help

Officer Geoffrey Graves
San Jose Police Department

A Northern California police officer who responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a woman's home is accused of raping the woman after he got there, according to the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office.

At about 2 a.m. on Sept. 22, 2013, San Jose Police Officer Geoffrey Graves and three other officers responded to a call about a family disturbance at the home of the alleged victim and her husband. According to a statement from the DA's office, officers on the scene determined that both the husband and wife had been drinking and that no crime had occurred.

After the wife informed officers that she wished to spend the night at a nearby hotel where she worked as a maid, the statement says that Officer Graves transported her to the hotel where she got a key and entered a room. Then she heard a knock on the door:

According to the DA's statement, "The defendant entered the room, grabbed the victim and pushed her onto the bed. The defendant took off parts of his uniform. The defendant removed the victim's pants and undergarment. The defendant climbed on top of the victim while she resisted with verbal and physical communication. The defendant forcibly engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim before leaving the hotel approximately 10 minutes later."

The crime was reported last Oct. 13, and according to the DA's statement "physical evidence corroborates the victim's allegations."

Graves has been charged with forcible rape. CBS San Francisco reports that Graves surrendered on Monday and was freed after posting $100,000 bail on Tuesday. He is scheduled to be arraigned on March 24.

  • Julia Dahl

    Julia Dahl writes about crime and justice for CBSNews.com