Jurors to Deliberate Ex-Cop Sex Assault Case

Anthony Arevalos is charged with 21 felonies, including sexual assault and bribery while on duty

By Paul Krueger
|  Friday, Nov 11, 2011  |  Updated 7:20 AM PDT
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Jurors will begin deliberations in the trial of a former San Diego police officer accused of asking for sexual favors and in one case inappropriately touching a female driver in exchange for not issuing traffic violations.

Anthony Arevalos is charged with 21 felonies, including sexual assault and bribery while on duty.

Lawyers for the former officer finished up closing statements Thursday telling jurors some of the alleged victims did not tell the truth about what happened, and had a motive to exaggerate.

Seven women claim he asked them for sexual favors in exchange for dropping their DUI charges.

In her closing argument to the jury, defense attorney Gretchen von Helms said Arevalos did not grab the breast of one alleged victim.

Marjan Montazemi had earlier demonstrated for the jury what she claims Arevlos did to her.

But the defense says Montazemi embellished what really happened, after she filed a $7 million claim against the city of San Diego.

Von Helms told jurors her client only brushed up against her, nothing more.

"That is not worth anything. That's not worth seven million,” she said.

The defense also says most of the alleged victims were legally drunk when the incidents occurred, so their testimony is suspect.

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