Anthony Arevalos, the former San Diego Police Officer convicted of eight felonies and four misdemeanors for sexual battery and bribery, was sentenced late last week to eight years and eight months in prison. Arevalos broke down as he addressed the court, asking for forgiveness from his victims, sons, and ex-wife.
The eight-year and eight-month sentence, handed down by Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Fraser following a two-hour hearing, was about one year short of the maximum punishment.
The judge — who also ordered the defendant was ordered to pay more than $2,000 to one of the victims, who is receiving counseling — said Arevalos used the power of his badge to violate women.
“That’s a crooked cop, and crooked cops go to prison,” Fraser said.
Arevalos, an 18-year SDPD veteran, was fired after allegations came to light last March that he tried to make “deals” with women he stopped and that he sexually assaulted three of them. Most of the stops in question were for driving under the influence and happened between September 2009 and March of last year.
“This was not a mistake,” said one of the victims, identified as Melissa W. “Mistakes happen once, not over a period of years.” Fox Five San Diego, 10 Feb 2012.
One of his victims, identified only as Jane Doe, also broke down as she detailed how the assault has affected her.