Predator cop to ask for conviction to be overturned

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego police officer who sexually assaulted women he pulled over for allegedly driving while drunk may get out of prison on technicality, an attorney said.

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Ex-SDPD officer Anthony Arevalos was sentenced for bribing and sexually assaulting women he stopped in the Gaslamp District for drunken driving and other offenses. (2-10-2012)

Newly released video of police evidence presented during the criminal sexual assault trial against 18-year police veteran Anthony Arevalos shows once of his victims talking with him on the phone while being recorded by police investigators. In the conversation, he admits that he groped and fondled her in exchange for not arresting her on a charge of driving under the influence.

WATCH VIDEO OF INCRIMINATING PHONE CALL

The video shows Officer Laurie Adams asking the victim to write down everything she remembered about an alleged assault from inside a 7-Eleven bathroom in 2011. The victim’s notes were never brought up in the trial that convicted Arevalos of several sexual assaults.

“The defense — paid for by the police department for Officer Arevelos — is going to use [the notes] as a pretext excuse for Arevelos to be turned out of prison and go back out on the streets,” said the woman’s attorney Browne Greene.

During a hearing scheduled for Friday, Arevalos is expected to ask for his criminal conviction to be overturned based on the “notes” technicality, Greene said.

On Tuesday, Greene released surveillance video of a private investigator hired by the city following the victim in a store.  Greene said the city is re-victimizing the victim.

“[The City of San Diego is] trying to make her the issue, when it should be about (Avelalos),” Greene said.

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said the surveillance is standard pre-trial procedure and it is inappropriate for Greene to have released the video to the public.

“It’s supposed to be confidential,” said Goldsmith. “I am not going to talk about the report or the video.”

Greene said the victim, known only as “Jane Doe,” will not settle unless the city agrees to implement a monitoring or oversight system of its police department – which may never happen.

Goldsmith said no such proposal was ever put forth.

The civil case will go to trial in May.

28 comments

  • Bob

    Just 8 years? Seriously? When the criminal uses their position of power- in this case being a police officer- then they should be looking at triple the normal penalty. Period. In addition the dept/city/county/state whoever should be able to go after their estate to help defray the costs of the inevitable lawsuits.

    • VotersRMorons

      Sorry Bob but maybe you should read Warren vs. DC. Government and its standing army of cronies have no obligation to help or protect you in anyway.

  • maruzicho

    This shows that obviously we are all human, and even authority has to be monitored. I think anyone who use their authority in these ways deserves to be made an example of. Your trusted by people with authority that few have. Use it for fairness and good not acts such as these, but this happens in every profession. You get a few bad apples and followers that forget that they have laws to follow.

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