Former Ukiah Police Department Sergeant Kevin Murray is behind bars again this afternoon after a newly filed criminal complaint accused him of two incidents in 2014 involving forcible rape and oral copulation carried out while in possession of a firearm. Murray made headlines in late January after he was accused of a November 2020 incident involving sexual battery, burglary, and drug possession.
The criminal complaint filed by the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office on February 22, 2021 details these two new counts against Murray. The first count refers to an incident that occurred on July 31, 2014, in which Murray forcibly raped a victim referred to as “Jane Doe” doing so “by means of force, violence, duress, menace, and/or fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury on the said person and/or another.”
A special allegation is connected to the charge of forcible rape because “the defendant was armed with a firearm” during the commission of the offense.
The second count levied against Murray describes a circumstance of forcible oral copulation, a felony, that is said to have occurred on April 10, 2014. Again, the victim is referred to as “Jane Doe” and the charge is described as “accomplish[ing] said act against said victim’s will by force, violence, duress, menace, and/or fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury to said victim and/or to another.”
The Mendocino county booking logs indicate he was put behind bars at the Mendocino County Jail at 10:40 this morning and was given a $500,000 bail.
This is the second charging document involving Murray filed by the District Attorney in the last month. The charging documents filed in late January accused him of several crimes, including burglary, sexual battery, possession of methamphetamine, and a violation of civil rights stemming from excessive use of force. Those charges were a result of one or more incidents that took place at Ukiah’s Super 8 Motel at 693 South Orchard Avenue on November 25, 2020, and the crimes are “connected together in their commission.”
A civil case filed by Ukiah resident Christopher Rasku alleges on October 18, 2018, Murray entered Rasku’s home unlawfully, knocking him unconscious, and proceeded to punch and kick him, causing broken ribs, a punctured lung, and nerve damage. Murray allegedly wrote a falsified police report claiming Rasku started the encounter.
Ukiah Police Department Chief Justin Wyatt publicly announced on January 29, 2021 that UPD had fully cooperated with the District Attorney’s investigation into charges and decided to terminate Murray. He made clear that the “conduct in this case in no way reflects the standards of the city of Ukiah or the Ukiah Police Department.”