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SAN JOSE: An officer with the San Jose Police Department (SJPD) has been arrested and charged with a rape that occurred while he was on duty.
Officer Geoff Graves was arrested yesterday for one count of felony, sexual assault that occurred in September of 2013.
Following a five-month investigation by SJPD's Criminal Investigation Detail (CID), evidence was presented to the Santa Clara County District Attorneys Office who filed one count of forcible rape.
It's understood that Graves surrendered himself to police and was later booked into the Santa Clara County Jail.
Graves, a serving officer for the last six years was placed on paid administrative leave when the SJPD was made aware of the allegations against him.
The charges against Graves relate to a response officers made to a family disturbance on September 22 last year. Officers arrived to find a male and a female subject having a verbal argument. The female involved in the call to police was relocated by officers to a hotel room.
Officer Graves later returned to the same hotel room, where the woman alleges that he forcibly sexually assaulted her.
The incident did not come to the attention of the SJPD until October 15. They initiated a criminal investigation into the allegation and an arrest warrant was issued against Officer Graves.
Chief Esquivel of the SJPD said this was an extremely serious allegation.
"Please know that once I became aware of this incident, we quickly and proactively initiated a criminal investigation in cooperation with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office," Esquivel said.
"If proven true, the officer will be held accountable," The police Chief added.
In a statement to the media Esquivel also said that while the incident is very troubling, it is an isolated incident and by no means should be seen as a reflection of all SJPD officers, whom he said " perform their duties with honor and professionalism on a daily basis".
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