New Civil Suit Releases Details of Alleged Rapes by Disgraced Ukiah Police Sergeant Kevin Murray
Former Ukiah Police Sergeant Kevin Murray is an accused serial sexual predator. He has faced claims that he forced himself upon a female UPD officer and broke into an escort’s hotel room and sexually assaulted her.
Murray’s alleged behavior first became public in January 2021 after he was charged with sexual battery and burglary for breaking into the Ukiah hotel room of a sex worker and coercing sex acts. The following month, Murray was brought up on charges of rape and forcible oral copulation of “Jane Doe” which allegedly took place in April and July 2014.
Amid these accusations, a civil suit filed by a former Ukiah Police Department officer that is still being adjudicated claimed she was victimized by Murray. When she reported the sexual misconduct to UPD’s higher-ups she was met with a work culture of discrimination, and retaliation.
The allegations against Murray inflamed the Mendocino County public who looked to the justice system to hold him accountable. In September 2022, many were appalled when allegations of sexual battery, rape, and forced oral copulations were met with a plea of no contest for charges of witness intimidation and false imprisonment.
In what many consider a “sweetheart plea deal,” Murray was sentenced to two years probation with stipulations Murray was required to attend counseling for sex offenders.
Now, a new accounting of Murray’s alleged predation has been made public in the form of a civil lawsuit filed by “Jane Doe”. The lawsuit contends Murray came to her Ukiah home on two separate occasions in 2014 coercing her to perform oral sex and later presenting a knife and firearm before vaginally raping her.
The civil suit names Kevin Murray as well as the City of Ukiah Police Department as the defendants claiming the two parties hold responsibility for the alleged sexual assaults.
It’s important to remember, her experience was not presented to the Sonoma County Probation Department, the agency charged with assessing Murray’s crimes and providing a recommended punishment based on them. It is not clear whether her account was deliberately excluded from the documents forwarded to Sonoma County probation or it was an accidental oversight.
The civil court documents are available for public review on the Mendocino County Superior Court Portal. Though her identity is revealed in the documents, out of sensitivity to the alleged victim, we will withhold the plaintiff’s name and use “Jane Doe” throughout the piece.
We will present the entirety of the claims represented in Jane Doe’s civil lawsuit. Please note, this includes graphic descriptions of sexual violence that could be disturbing to readers.
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Jane Doe’s accusations against Murray are described in one of the exhibits contained within the civil complaint. Exhibit A is a formal investigation report taken by Kevin Bailey, a long-time investigator of the Mendocino County District Attorney. Bailey spoke with Jane Doe at length in February 2021 about her alleged experiences with Murray.
From 2011-2013, Jane Doe attended Mendocino College’s nursing program along with a woman we will call C.K. The two sat next to each other and became close friends.
C.K. became engaged to Kevin Murray during that time. Jane Doe was single and found herself socializing with C.K. and Murray. She lived at the 500 block of Ukiah’s Walnut Street, close enough to C.K. and Murray’s home that she could walk or ride her bike when she hung out with them. From her assessment at that time, Jane Doe saw Murray as a “good person.”
Jane Doe also knew Murray in his role as a Ukiah Police officer, as did many of the city’s policemen, because there had been ongoing issues between her and an ex-husband.
C.K. and Jane Doe’s friendship ended before C.K. and Murray’s wedding. After a dispute over bridesmaid dresses, C.K. disinvited Jane Doe and unfriended her.
According to Jane Doe, on April 10, 2014, she was mourning the loss of her dog who had died the day before after it was attacked by another dog.
Around 11:30 p.m., she was crying about her lost pet when she heard a knock on the front door. She opened the door and found an intoxicated Kevin Murray wearing civilian clothes who had driven there in his personal vehicle. She says she was “shocked to see him” but invited him inside to sit on the couch.
According to Doe’s account, Murray noticed that Jane Doe seemed upset, inquired what was wrong, and learned of the sudden loss of her pet the day before. Murray offered an apology, and Jane Doe asked “isn’t that why you’re here?” assuming he had read about the attack in police reports and had come to her home to offer his support.
Jane Doe says she realized that Murray was not there to offer sympathy for the dog and asked him “then why are you here and why are you here when you’re drunk?”
At that point Doe says, Murray attempted to touch her breasts. She pushed him away. Jane Doe tried to deflect Murray by reminding him he was going to marry C.K. soon. He continued despite her protests attempting to put his hand down the v-neck of her shirt.
Realizing that the off-duty police officer had possible dark intentions, Jane Doe says she began to feel scared. Finally, after repeated attempts to touch her breasts, Murray allegedly said, “Just let me put my dick in your mouth.”
Jane Doe says she asked Murray if she obliged, did he promise to leave? Murray allegedly said, “yes, I will.” After that, he “stood up, undid his trousers, and exposed his penis.”
Doe says that Murray grabbed her hair and pulled her face towards him. While engaged in oral sex, Jane Doe says she brought up Murray’s fiancee to deflect him. Without ejaculating, Murray stopped and Jane Doe said it was time to leave and he did. She says was “shocked and horrified” by the experience.
Between two and three months later, Jane Doe was up late playing with a new puppy. Around 11:00 p.m., she heard another late-night knock on the door. Murray was once again on her doorstep and intoxicated. She was immediately uncomfortable and reminded Murray of the fact he was soon going to marry C.K.
Allegedly, the situation became quickly physical when Murray came at Jane Doe from behind, grabbed hold of both arms, and pinned them behind her back. From there, he forced her into a bedroom, pushed her face down into the bed, pulled her pants down, and then his.
Jane Doe says she watched Murray pull a fixed-blade knife from his pants followed by a .357 semi-automatic handgun, the same sort of weapon he carried while on duty. She asked, “you have a gun?” Murray responded, “I always have a gun when I come to your house.” Murray placed both weapons on the bed near Jane Doe.
According to Doe, Murray placed his hands and weight on her back pushing her into the bed, and said “this is the way you want it” and vaginally raped her.
Jane Doe says she cried and told Murray “she did not want to be with him.” He replied “yes, you do” and she repeated “no”.
Murray allegedly raped Jane Doe for five to ten minutes. She says she cried the entire time. When she protested, he said, “This is happening. You know you want me.” He ejaculated. He was wearing a condom, removed it, tied it off on the top, and placed it in his pocket. After finishing, the two got dressed and Murray said, “I got to go.”
Jane Doe says she realized that her son, at that time between 14-15 years old, had come home early from a friend’s house sometime during the assault. She told Murray she thought her son was home and he quickly fled out a side door leaving behind his firearm.
As Murray fled, Jane Doe’s son entered her room and both saw Murray’s firearm and knife had fallen on the floor next to her bed. She ordered him out of the room and hid the weapons in her purse.
A few hours after the assault, Murray allegedly snuck to Jane Doe’s bedroom window and called out her name. He told her, “I got to get my gun.” Jane Doe had him enter through the front door to grab the weapons from her purse. Murray did not say one word about the assault that had taken place hours before but did tell Jane Doe, “I really hope you take care of yourself.”
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When DA Investigator Kevin Bailey asked Jane Doe why she didn’t report her experiences to law enforcement, she said, “How am I going to tell the police that another cop did something. I did not trust them. They are probably going to throw me in jail. Who am I going to tell?”
She wrote a letter to be read during the criminal proceedings against Murray. She wrote directly to her abuser, “You are a convicted felon now, a rapist, a thief, a kidnapper, and a liar. You took an oath to protect and serve the community of Ukiah. Instead, you abused your power in the most sickening, and volatile ways.”
Despite coming forward to confront her alleged rapist, Jane Doe’s experience was never brought before a jury of her peers. She now seeks monetary compensation in the form of a civil suit after the criminal courts denied her justice.
Jane Doe has moved away from Ukiah, is now married, and when she learned of the first charges against Murray made public in January 2021, she decided to speak out. “l wanted to speak to someone in authority and tell them the truth of what happened to me and how much it affected me,” she said.
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