2 Felony Assault Charges Added Against San Jose Cop Charged With Rape

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    Mug shot of San Jose police officer Geoffrey Graves.

    A San Jose police officer accused of raping a woman while on duty pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two new felony assault charges filed by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, a prosecutor said.

    Prosecutors charged Geoffrey Evatt Graves, 38, with assaulting and leaving visible injuries upon an ex-girlfriend on Dec. 26, 2012 as well as sometime between March 1 and June 30 of last year, Deputy District Attorney Carlos Vega said.

    The district attorney's office learned of the alleged incidents involving Graves' former girlfriend while investigating a separate case in which he is accused of raping a woman inside a San Jose hotel room last Sept. 22 while working as an officer.

    Graves, who pleaded not guilty to the rape charge on April 14, entered the same plea Tuesday in Superior Court in San Jose to the two new counts of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse.

    Judge Hector Ramon set a hearing for July 1 to consider a defense motion for discovery in the case. The judge also granted Graves' request for a 977 wavier, which will not require the defendant, who is free on $100,000 bail, to appear in person at future court proceedings in the case.

    Vega, who filed an amended complaint Tuesday, claimed that Graves' former girlfriend, identified only as "Laura Doe," reported that on Dec. 26, 2012, she sustained injuries to her hands while she and Graves struggled for a set of keys.

    Then on an occasion between March 1 and June 30, 2013, during a verbal fight with Graves, the girlfriend attempted to escape and closed a door behind her, but Graves allegedly "kicked" in the door and "it busted open and slammed into her face," Vega said.

    "In both of these occurrences, the victim was visibly injured," Vega said.

    When the door allegedly hit the woman, she suffered cuts to her head and lip, Vega said.

    The two new counts of felony assault were within the three-year statute of limitations to file the charges, Vega said.

    "Our investigation is ongoing and we are constantly seeking new leads as they arise," Vega said.

    Graves is still on paid administrative leave from the police
    force, Vega said.

    Graves left the courtroom in the Hall of Justice Tuesday without comment while accompanied by his attorney Darlene Bagley.

    In the alleged rape case against Graves, prosecutors claim that at about 2 a.m. on Sept. 22, the officer and a second officer responded to a call about an argument between the victim and her husband.

    The husband and wife had been consuming alcohol at their San Jose residence. The woman told the officers she wanted to spend the night at a hotel where she used to work and Graves drove her there at about 2:30 a.m.

    According to prosecutors, Graves returned about 15 minutes later, knocked on the door, went into the room, threw the woman on the bed, took off parts of his uniform and her clothing and raped her.

    According to Vega, the officer had phoned in his position at the hotel to police earlier and then left for about 35 minutes.

    Vega said that prosecutors have forensic evidence that a rape occurred and "our victim is very credible."

    Graves' accuser in the rape case, who has not been identified, did not report the alleged sexual assault until Oct. 15, when she related the incident to police while she was being booked on suspicion of DUI in San Jose, according to Vega.

    The woman pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor DUI charge in January, received a standard sentence of serving weekends with a work detail and her report of the rape charge had no impact on how the district attorney handled the DUI case, Vega said.