A 36-year-old Moline man charged with felony stalking after police allege he threatened to kill his victim by injecting her with drain cleaner and cut the heads off her children, entered a plea of not guilty Friday during an arraignment in Scott County District Court.
In addition to the stalking charge, Jeffrey A. Graves, whose last known address is 4105 22nd Ave., Moline, is also facing charges of first-degree harassment, domestic abuse and two counts of violating a no contact order in connection with the stalking charge.
According to the arrest affidavit filed by Davenport Police Detective Janet Martin, police met the victim at the police station on May 23. She wanted to talk with police about a domestic disturbance that originated in Illinois on May 22 and ended the next day.
According to the affidavit, the victim told Martin that Graves held her against her will in Illinois and repeatedly assaulted her.
On May 23, Graves is alleged to have driven the victim to a physical therapy appointment and went inside the building with her, according to the arrest affidavit. He waited until the appointment was finished and then left with her.
She then was able to convince Graves that she needed to go to work. While he let the victim go, he sent her a text message telling her he was waiting across the street. He then went to the victim’s place of employment and sat on a bench outside the front door.
Martin’s affidavit states that during this incident, Graves threatened to kill the victim by injecting her with drain cleaner and cut off her children’s heads.
Graves was arrested May 23 on the first-degree harassment and domestic assault charges and was taken to the Scott County Jail. A no contact order was served to him at the jail, according to the affidavit.
Martin’s affidavit alleges that Graves has called the victim about 65 times while he has been in jail awaiting trial. For some of these calls, he allegedly used another inmate’s phone card so that he could hide his identity. He also wrote two letters addressed to the victim’s son. On one of those letters, he used another inmate’s identity to hide his own identity.
Graves was being held Friday night in the Scott County Jail on cash only bonds totaling $8,000, and a surety bond of $30,000.
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Under Iowa law, stalking-violation of a protective order is a Class D felony that carries a prison sentence of up to five years. First-degree harassment is an aggravated misdemeanor that carries a prison sentence of up to two years. Domestic abuse and violation of no contact orders each carry a jail sentence of up to 30 days.
Police in both the Iowa and Illinois Quad-Cities said Friday that they are acquainted with Graves as his criminal record is lengthy.
According to both Scott County and Rock Island County electronic court records, Graves has convictions for theft, assault, domestic abuse, assault on a peace officer and drunken driving.
In 2008, Graves pleaded guilty to a Class C felony charge of prohibited acts as the Iowa code applies to prescription drugs and their distribution. He was placed on probation for three years. He violated his probation in 2009 and was ordered to spend 120 days in the Scott County Jail and complete the in-house drug treatment program. A Class C felony carries a possible prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Graves also is wanted in Rock Island County on charges of unlawful restraint-domestic abuse and unlawful possession of steroids. Both of those charges are Class 4 felonies under Illinois law, each of which carries a prison sentence of one to three years.