Former San Diego police officer, Anthony Arevalos, who was convicted of eight felony charges and four misdemeanors in connection with seeking sexual favors will spend his time in jail away from general population due to the nature of his crime as well as his standing as an officer. Nicole Gonzales reports
A former San Diego police officer, convicted of eight felony charges and four misdemeanors in connection with seeking sexual favors, was in jail friday night. But because of his former job, he's segregated from the general population.
Anthony Arevalos is in one of the medical wards, and according to his attorney he's housed there because of overcrowding and he's a former police officer.
Criminal defender, Anthony Colombo works with Arevalos' attorney and said the reasons for segregation are two-fold
“Largely for his own safety. Because he is a law enforcement officer there might be individuals who are currently housed in San Diego County jail where he was involved in their arrest,” Colombo said.
On top of that, he's now considered a sexual offender.
“Individuals who are convicted of those types of offenses are also separated because they do face some danger from other assaults,” Colombo said.
Colombo added that he's probably being watched carefully for depression. Although he doesn’t think it’s gotten to the extreme, where he’s on suicide watch.
The maximum sentence Arevalos faces is 10 years in prison, however, since his crimes weren't violent, he'll likely do half-time of whatever punishment he gets.