City to Pay $675K to Victim of Crooked Cop

Despite Anthony Arevalos' tearful apology, the judge told him "crooked cops go to prison"

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    Anthony Arevalos an 18-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department, was arrested in March 2011.

    The City of San Diego has agreed to a settlement with one of the victims of Anthony Arevalos, the former San Diego traffic cop convicted of sexual battery, assault and asking for bribes.

    Anthony Arevalos was sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison for preying on young, female drivers during traffic stops made in the Gaslamp Quarter from 2009 to 2011.

    San Diego's city council will discuss the $675,000 settlement agreement in session Monday according to a spokesperson from the city attorney's office.

    The settlement involves an incident that happened on October 22, 2010.

    San Diegans Pay for Arevalos Verdicts

    [DGO] San Diegans Pay for Arevalos Verdicts
    A year ago this week, a jury convicted veteran patrol officer Anthony Arevalos of eight felonies and four misdemeanors. San Diego taxpayers are now paying the cost for his indiscretions.

    A woman identified in court documents as Melissa W. claimed that during a suspected DUI stop, Arevalos asked her about her private body parts, touched her breasts and put his hand down her pants.

    She testified that after she flashed him, Arevalos put his hand in her pants and moved his hand from front to back.

    Two other cases to be discussed Tuesday at the city council could also lead to settlements. They involve Marjan Montazemi and a woman described as Danielle F. in court documents.

    In addition, City of San Diego documents reveal that at least four other women, who claim Arevalos violated their civil rights, are suing the city.

    Jurors found Arevalos guilty on 8 of 21 original counts.

    More: Timeline of Trouble Behind the Badge

    In an incident in Sept. 2009, one victim said when she was pulled over by Arevalos he insisted on "favors" for letting her go without a citation. Another was told she could avoid DUI charges if she pulled down the top of her dress in January 2010. 

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