Officer accused of harassment won’t face charges

THURSDAY, AUG. 1, 2013, 5:22 P.M.

Spokane Police Officer Jeff Graves did not commit any law violations stemming from complaints from a former lover who claimed he had stalked and harassed her, prosecutors have concluded.

The police department placed Graves on administrative leave on May 9 after a woman accused Graves of stalking and harassing her after they met on Facebook and had sex. Graves resigned in June after a second woman came forward with similar allegations.

Spokane County sheriff’s detectives pored over hundreds of text messages and photographs sent between Graves and the women, one of whom alleged that Graves had sex with her without her consent.

“At the end of the day, there is evidence of poor decision-making but there was a lack of credible evidence to support any criminal charges,” said Jack Driscoll, chief deputy Spokane County prosecutor.

Graves, who was married, did not deny having relations with the first woman but claimed that she was harassing him. He accused her of sending anonymous emails to his wife.

Graves worked 23 years on the force. He earned the Spokane Police Department’s Lifesaving Award in 2010 for reviving a man who collapsed at a bus stop by performing CPR until paramedics arrived.

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