Mistrial Declared In Case Of Former Pullman Officer Charged With Sexual Assault Of WSU Student
A Whitman County judge has declared a mistrial in the sexual assault case of a former Pullman Police officer.
Daniel Hargraves was accused of felony custodial sexual misconduct against a Washington State University student in spring 2018.
On Thursday night, jurors said they were deadlocked and unable to reach a verdict, prompting Judge Gary Libey to declare a mistrial.
Prosecutors had argued that Hargraves detained a WSU student last year for underage drinking. They said that instead of formally arresting and booking the student, Hargraves took her to a Pullman park and coerced her to perform a sex act before returning her to her dorm.
The student later reported the alleged incident to university officials, who began an investigation.
Prosecutors argued that investigators found DNA evidence from Hargraves on the student’s clothing. They have not yet said whether they plan to re-try the case.
Hargraves’ resignation came the day before he was scheduled to be interviewed as part of the internal investigation, according to a press release from the Pullman Police Department. The investigation — which was completed after Hargraves’ resignation — concluded that the 19-year veteran of the department violated internal policies, including involvement in criminal conduct, failure to activate his body-worn camera, and improper treatment of persons in custody.
Hargraves was the subject of previous disciplinary action within the Pullman Police department for sexual harassment, after allegedly propositioning a female employee for sex. She later left the department.
Pullman Police are investigating after a Washington State University student died at a fraternity Tuesday morning. The investigation is ongoing, but officials believe alcohol was a factor. Police identified the student late Tuesday night as Samuel Martinez of Bellevue. Continue Reading Pullman Police Identify 19-Year-Old WSU Student Who Died At Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity
The University of Idaho has reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought by a woman who said school officials told her to transfer to another campus if she didn’t want to continue attending classes with a student who sexually assaulted her. Continue Reading University Of Idaho Settles Lawsuit From Law Student Victim Of Sexual Assault
The announcement came Thursday from Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy in the case of Daniel Hargraves. The case ended in a mistrial Sept. 18 when the jury failed to reach a verdict. Continue Reading Whitman County Prosecutor Won’t Re-Try Former Pullman Police Officer On Sexual Assault Charge