A 23-year-old Kensington woman was raped by a Yuma police officer related to her by marriage during a family get-together in San Diego, a prosecutor said Thursday, but a defense attorney told a jury that the alleged victim’s story didn’t add up.
Deputy District Attorney Lisa Fox told jurors that the alleged victim had known 34-year-old Jared Elkins for years.
“She trusted him,” the prosecutor said in her closing argument of Elkins’ trial. “She’s in her own home.”
On Friday, jurors will begin deliberating the fate of Elkins, charged with eight counts, including forcible rape, oral copulation by force and rape of an intoxicated person.
After dinner and a night of drinking with other family members, Elkins and the alleged victim were sitting on a couch watching a movie when she decided to go to bed about 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 15, 2017, Fox told the jury.
Elkins went into the woman’s room, forced sex acts on her, then raped her, threatening to kill her if she screamed, the prosecutor alleged.
Fox said the alleged victim waited until she thought Elkins was asleep in another room, then woke up her mother and the two jumped out a window and ran off, with the mother calling 911.
Elkins said he was awakened the next morning by a call from the San Diego Police Department, telling him to come outside, where he was arrested.
He later resigned from the Yuma Police Department.
A 51-year-old Yuma woman testified that Elkins tried to force anal sex on her after a night out in March of this year in their hometown.
The woman said she called the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office after seeing the San Diego case on television. Elkins does not face charges in that case.
Elkins testified that the sex he had with the woman in Kensington was consensual and that he didn’t force her to do anything or threaten to kill her. He testified that the alleged victim came on to him by cuddling on the sofa during the movie.
Defense attorney Ellis “Trip” Johnston told the jury that the case was driven by fear of the alleged victim knowing that she had just slept with the husband of a relative.
Johnston said the alleged victim may have known the defendant better than she had let on and may have had more to drink than she told authorities.
“It didn’t add up,” Johnston told the jury. “She lied about the amount of alcohol she had.”
Johnston said the alleged victim was taking prescription drugs for anxiety and depression and the alcohol she drank may have caused her to have feelings of regret and being found out that she had sex with Elkins.
Elkins faces up to 14 years in state prison if convicted.
— City News Service
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