Trial begins for Yuma cop accused of sexual assault

SAN DIEGO -- Opening statements began Monday in the trial of a Yuma police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman in San Diego.

Jared Elkins, 34, is accused of raping his now ex-wife's female cousin while they were staying at her home in Kensington last year. He is charged with nine felonies, including forcible rape. Other charges include rape of an intoxicated person, two counts each of forcible oral copulation and oral copulation of an intoxicated person, forcible sexual penetration and sexual penetration of an intoxicated person.

Elkins ex-wife Jennifer, and the victim, only identified as Samantha took the stand.

Elkins was arrested after police responded to an emergency call in the 4700 block of Marlborough Drive  during the morning hours of Sept. 15, 2017. He was a seven-year veteran with the Yuma Police Department.

That night, Elkins, his now ex-wife, the victim and the victim’s mother went out to dinner and then watched a few movies at the victim’s home while drinking beer and wine at the house before the alleged assault happened.

While on the stand  the Samantha talked about how Elkins raped her that evening after everyone went to bed.

“I had done everything that someone would exert self-defense should do you know, physically push him off I told him no so many times and he continued so,” said the victim, Samantha.

She told the court, that Elkins went into her room offering her water and even tucked her in, and then threatened to kill her while he forced her into oral sex and then raped her.

“I remember it was exceptionally painful that I involuntarily yelped out. So in your effort to not scream you involuntarily yelped out. In pain. Did it actually hurt you? Yes. When you yelped out is that when you described that he kind of stepped away for a second? Yes. Describe his demeanor at that point. He seemed nervous. Did that stop him? From continuing to rape me? No,” said the victim.

Elkins faces 16 years in prison if he's convicted.