A veteran Northern California police officer is accused of raping a woman at a hotel after escorting her there while he was on duty, authorities said Tuesday.
Santa Clara County prosecutors charged San Jose police officer Geoffrey Graves, 38, with one count of forcible rape on Monday. The six-year veteran officer surrendered to police on Monday and then posted $100,000 bail, Deputy District Attorney Carlos Vega said Tuesday.
"This is an extremely serious allegation, and if proven true, the officer will be held accountable," San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel said Tuesday in a written 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."
It was not immediately clear whether Graves had a lawyer and no phone listing was available for him.
The alleged incident occurred in September after Graves and three other San Jose officers responded to an early morning family disturbance involving a married couple, authorities said. The officers determined that both spouses had been drinking but that no crime had occurred, authorities said.
The alleged victim, who works as a hotel maid, told officers that she wanted to spend the night at a hotel where she had previously worked.
Graves drove the woman to the hotel, where she went to her room alone and fell asleep, authorities said.
About fifteen minutes later, the woman heard knocking and opened the door. It was Graves, prosecutors said.
They say he attacked her and left.
The woman reported the incident in October, prompting a five-month internal investigation by San Jose police. Physical evidence also corroborates the victim's allegations and she identified Graves as the attacker, Vega said.
"After a thorough look at the evidence we came to the conclusion that a crime was committed and we can prove it," said Vega who declined to go into details on what that evidence is.
"The defendant will be held accountable for his unlawful actions," Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement Tuesday.
San Jose police union president Jim Unland said in a statement Tuesday that: "Our members are surprised by the revelations of this troubling event. It is a tough day for our department."
Graves has been placed on paid administrative leave. He is due in court on March 24.