Woman Testifies of Sexual Assault by San Diego Police Officer

Graphic details were revealed during the preliminary hearing of Anthony Arevalos, a long term San Diego Police Officer who was fired after several women came forward with allegations of sexual abuse.

The first witness, identified only as Melissa, said Arevalos pulled her over about 2 a.m. last Oct. 22 after she left a Gaslamp bar with friends. The woman said she was stopped by the officer — supposedly for sitting at a stop sign for too long — as soon as she backed out of a parking space.

“I was surprised at how quickly I was pulled over,” the woman testified.

She said Arevalos asked her if she’d been drinking, and she said she’d been out with friends,

The woman — who said she was 30 at the time of the stop — testified that the officer wanted her to take a breathalyzer test and field sobriety test, but she refused and stayed in her car.

“I knew I didn’t have to,” she testified.

The woman said she kept pulling on her low-cut tank top because it was cold with the door open, and Arevalos asked why.

All of the testimony from the women involved various levels of sexual assault, from molestation to outright sexual assault. Arevalos was on duty for each occurrence. All of the victims are women who were in their 20’s to early 30’s when assaulted. Most were students who had been out with friends, and were pulled over for minor traffic violations.

If convicted, Arevalos could be sentenced to 20 years in prison.

In 2008, a Washington jury awarded $1.27 million to a young woman who was molested by a Kitsap County officer.

Information via 10 News.