The former veteran San Diego Police Officer convicted of using his badge to solicit sexual favors from women was back in court Friday morning.
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The attorney for Anthony Arevalos, Gretchen Von Helms, asked the judge to push back his December 19 sentencing date and was granted a new date of February 10 at 9 a.m.
Von Helms told 10News the delay has nothing to do with keeping Arevalos, a husband and father, in county jail and closer to home over the holidays.
Even if he got sentenced on the 19th, he most likely wouldnt get sent to prison, if he got prison, by the holidays, its just logistically it takes usually about 30 days to ship them off, said Von Helms.
Seven women testified that Arevalos asked them for sexual favors in exchange for letting them out of drunk driving tickets or other traffic violations.
He was convicted of 8 out of 21 felonies. The jury also found him guilty of 4 misdemeanors.
Von Helms said the delay is needed to show the judge the good things Arevalos has done in his life.
We need additional time to get letters from community members because as you may know this officer was an officer for 18 years, he did a lot of good for the community, said Von Helms.
Von Helms said once Arevalos is sentenced, he will apologize for his actions.
Obviously, he gets that he did something wrong and we're grateful that the jury verdict found what he did, and what he didn't do, Von Helms said.
His attorney said the conviction has been especially difficult on Arevalos wife, 15-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son.
You know she has to raise kids on her own, shes got to struggle financially, obviously, its a huge impact on the family, said Von Helms.
Arevalos is facing 10 years and 4 months in prison.
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