Affidavit alleges Eudora man ‘leaped across table’ to rape woman in her home

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The Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, which houses Douglas County District Court and a number of other criminal justice services at 111 E. 11th St., is pictured April 8, 2020.

A man accused of raping a Eudora woman allegedly leaped across her kitchen table and grabbed her before assaulting her in her living room, according to a affidavit supporting the man’s arrest.

The man also allegedly apologized to the woman repeatedly after the incident, the woman told police.

“He just kept apologizing,” she said.

Griffin D. Oxley, 20, is charged with one count of rape in Douglas County District Court for the July 2020 incident. Jail records show Oxley resides in Overland Park, but testimony in the affidavit suggested he was the neighbor of the Eudora woman at the time of the incident.

The charge is a level-one person felony, which comes with a minimum sentence of 147 months, just over 12 years, in prison for offenders who have little to no criminal history, according to Kansas sentencing guidelines.

Oxley was arrested on the charge on May 8, the Journal-World previously reported. He posted a $45,000 surety bond and is currently not in custody. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office refused to provide the Journal-World with Oxley’s booking photo.

An affidavit filed by the Eudora Police Department that was provided to the Journal-World this week outlines what the woman told police around 8 p.m. on July 28, 2020, shortly after the incident. It also includes the results of a forensic investigation related to the incident.

Allegations in affidavits have not been proved in court, and defendants in criminal cases should be presumed not guilty unless and until they are convicted.

According to the affidavit:

The woman told police Oxley had come to her home on July 28, 2020, asking if he could show her his dogs. She said she had met him a few times before and allowed him in.

However, when he brought the dogs in, he also came in with a six-pack of alcohol, which surprised the woman, she said.

“I was like, ‘okay, cool whatever,'” the woman told police.

While at the kitchen table, Oxley “leaped across the table” and grabbed the woman “right at my face and kissed me,” she said. The woman said Oxley then wrapped his arms around her and she fell out of her chair into the living room, where he raped her.

The woman said Oxley repeatedly apologized, at one point saying his girlfriend did not love him.

While interviewing the woman about the incident, police asked her to provide a written statement, but she could not finish writing and “ended up on the floor crying.” Police took the woman to LMH Health where a sexual assault examination was conducted.

Police also interviewed Oxley around 2 a.m. on July 29, 2020, but the details of the interview were not included in the affidavit. Later, in November 2020, Oxley allowed police to collect a DNA swab for the investigation.

In January 2021, the Eudora Police received lab results from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab that showed DNA evidence found on the woman was a match with Oxley.

Oxley was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, but it’s unclear when his next court date will be.

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