SAN DIEGO – The San Diego City Council signed off Tuesdsay on two more settlements for victims of former San Diego police officer Anthony Arevalos.
Arevalos was convicted in November 2011 of eight felonies and four misdemeanors involving five women he pulled over for traffic violations, then asked for sexual bribes and favors in exchange for letting them go.
Marjan Montazemi was one of two victims Tuesday awarded in a $245,000 settlement by the San Diego City Council. Without comment, the city council approved the settlement as part of the consent agenda. Montezumi will receive $170,000 in the settlement.
“I honestly just want this whole situation to be over with,” said Montazemi.
During the trial, she was one of the first victims to come forward and speak fully identified. Montazemi testified that Arevalos groped her multiple times and said inappropriate remarks during her DUI stop in the Gaslamp Quarter in 2011.
“I put my heart out there it’s just scary to come show your face and say ‘hey this person done this to me, especially a police officer,’” said Montazemi.
The jury acquitted Arevalos of all counts involving Montazemi.
“I just wish he could get charged for some of the things he’d done to me,” said Montazemi.
“Now, they’re finally admitting it, it means they believe it,” said Montazemi. “Whatever he did to me, he kind of took everything away from me.”
While the settlement will help, she said no amount of money can erase what Arevalos did to her 3 years ago.
Arevalos was sentenced to nine years in prison.