SAN JOSE (KCBS)— The case of a San Jose police officer accused of raping an undocumented immigrant while on duty was in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Monday, although the accused officer did not appear. Prosecutors say they are ready to take the case to the next level.
Lead prosecutor Carlos Vega said they are ready for a preliminary hearing of the case against San Jose Police Officer Geoffrey Graves but it was postponed a week until March 9th. So the defense could review witness testimony.
"The witnesses have been notified. The evidence has been organized and ready to go, which means that we're ready to proceed at this stage in the process." Vega said.
The alleged assault happened in September of 2013. Following a call for domestic violence, Graves took the victim to a hotel at her request, and then she claims he sexually assaulted her.
"If these allegations are proven to be true, the officer will be held accountable for his actions,"
San Jose Police Sgt. Heather Randol.
Graves has pleaded not guilty, is out on $100,000 bail and remains on paid administrative leave from the department. He faces eight years in prison.
The investigation by San Jose Police has been monitored by the city's Independent Police Auditor LaDoris Cordell.
In a separate matter; the officer is also accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend in 2012 and 2013.
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