KINGMAN — A Superior Court judge ruled Friday to continue to hold a Bullhead City man without bond for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman.
Geoffrey Eugene Burbank, 42, is charged with felony sexual assault and failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements in one case and possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia in another case. He is being held in custody on a $20,000 bond for the drug charges.
Deputy Mohave County Attorney Jacob Cote called Bullhead City Police Detective Charles English to the stand to testify that on March 13 the victim said she drank about a half-dozen beers and several shots of whiskey before passing out.
The victim told police she woke up to find a naked Burbank on top of her on the floor in her room with his hands to her throat, which caused bruising to her neck. She said she was not romantically involved with the defendant.
English also said the home’s owner, who had earlier helped the intoxicated victim to her bed, later heard a noise and went to check on her. She found Burbank on top of the victim having sex with her. The suspect gathered his belongings and left the house on a bike.
Cote argued to hold Burbank without bond, saying that there was no consent because the victim had passed out from being heavily intoxicated.
Burbank’s attorney, Eric Beiningen, asked the detective if the witness was in the room at the time of the alleged rape. He also said the bruise on the victim’s neck could be described as a hickey. The defense attorney claimed that his client had consensual sex with the victim and that the victim initiated the contact by kissing him.
Superior Court Judge Steven Conn ruled to continue to hold the defendant without bond since the evidence could be used to suggest that the defendant committed a crime.
Burbank’s next hearing is set for today.
Bullhead City police officers responded to a Bullhead City hospital March 13 about a report of a possible rape. Burbank reportedly lived at the residence for about a month before the incident. Officers located and arrested him March 16. Burbank was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia at the time of his arrest, leading to the charges for the separate second case.