Attorney says case against San Diego police Officer Chris Hays could get ugly

Hays accused of sexual misconduct while on duty

SAN DIEGO - The attorney for two women who are accusing a San Diego police officer of sexual misconduct says he believes the case could get ugly.

On Tuesday morning, San Diego police Officer Chris Hays will appear before a judge for the first time since being arrested on allegations of sexual misconduct while on duty. Hays will officially hear all the charges against him at his arraignment.

Dan Gilleon, who is representing two of the seven women who have come forward with accusations against Hays, told 10News, "I think there's going to be a lot of behind-the-scenes work and behind-the-scenes negotiations."

Gilleon said the charges will likely include several felonies -- possibly false imprisonment and sexual battery.

The charges could be more serious than the charges against former SDPD officer Anthony Arevalos, who is now serving an eight-year sentence.

"With Mr. Hays, the spectrum goes even further," Gilleon said. "He actually required a woman to give him oral sex, and that's something we didn't see in the Arevalos case."

Gilleon said San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is heavily involved in this case and believes she and her staff will come down hard on Hays.

"This is a serious case for her because it seems like the Arevalos case didn't send a message, and I think it's time for Bonnie Dumanis to show just how good of an attorney she is. With her involvement in this case, it's pretty ugly for Mr. Hays."

Tuesday may only be the beginning of a long, arduous journey for Hays. He will plead not guilty during his arraignment, but then the big question becomes whether he will a plea deal or take his chances and go to trial.

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