The attorneys for a former San Diego police officer convicted of eliciting sexual favors at traffic stops have filed a motion for a new trial, 10News learned.
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Jan Ronis, one of Anthony Arevalos' attorneys, told 10News they are asking for a new trial because two witnesses gave false or misleading testimony during the trial last year.
Arevalos was found guilty in November 2011 of asking women for sexual favors in exchange for letting them out of traffic tickets.
In one case, Ronis said a witness misled jurors about her emotional distress claims against the city of San Diego. Another witness, according to Ronis, lied to jurors when asked about a potential civil lawsuit against the city.
The woman claimed there was no such action planned, but Ronis said she had in fact sued the city and sought $1 million.
Ronis said in both cases the women testified against Arevalos knowing they had something to gain financially.
The attorney for the two witnesses, Dan Gilleon, called the motion ridiculous.
"Legally, it's desperate," he told 10News. "They don't have much to go on and in fact, it's inaccurate."
Gilleon said his client named in the suit did go after the city but not until a full two weeks after she took the stand.
Arguments for a new trial should be heard next week.
Arevalos, who faces more than 10 years in prison, is set to be sentenced later this month.
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