A Coos County grand jury has decided not to charge a North Bend police officer with a crime after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman.
North Bend Police Chief Steve Scibelli put officer Jason Griggs, 36, on administrative leave after receiving a report on Oct. 14 that a woman had been date raped on March 7, according to a press release from the Coos County District Attorney’s Office. The woman, who’s a student at Southwestern Oregon Community College, told a professor that she was raped after she had gone out drinking on her birthday, according to the police report. The incident reportedly occurred in Griggs’ fifth-wheel trailer outside the woman’s Coos Bay residence, after they’d gone to two bars and picked up a six-pack of beer from a convenience store, she told police.
Coos Bay police investigated the case, interviewing 15 witnesses before presenting a report to the DA’s office on Oct. 28.
Police called Griggs, who declined to make a statement on the allegations against him, District Attorney R. Paul Frasier said.
Frasier referred the case to the grand jury Wednesday, which heard testimony from the woman, nine witnesses and Griggs. The DA said he told grand jurors they could charge Griggs with first-degree rape or second-degree sexual abuse, but they chose not to charge him at all.
Grand jury hearings are not open to the public or press, nor is the testimony.
“As the Grand Jury has decided to not charge Officer Griggs, I anticipate that there will be no further action taken on this matter by this office,” Frasier said in the press release.
North Bend City Administrator Jan Willis said Griggs is still employed by the city, but Scibelli declined to comment.
“This is now a personnel issue,” he said. “State and federal law does not allow me to talk about any specific actions we may take.”
The incident is not related to a reported sexual assault of a woman in a Southwestern dorm on Oct. 29.