At least four lawsuits have been settled against former San Diego police Officer Anthony Arevalos, who was convicted in 2011 of groping women and trying to elicit sexual favors during traffic stops.
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"When all is said and done, the taxpayers will be paying millions to settle these cases," said Dan Gilleon, a civil attorney who represents seven of the 11 women who have filed civil suits.
Many of the lawsuits accuse the San Diego Police Department and city of San Diego of ignoring prior complaints and allowing Arevalos's crimes to happen.
"I think the bottom line [is] there was a lack of policing of their own," Gilleon told 10News.
In the last two weeks, Gilleon said he has settled with the city in four of the cases. He declined to reveal which women settled and the exact amounts.
"So far, the settlements are in the low six figures," said Gilleon.
Gilleon said those are the cases considered less serious. For the more serious cases, offers begin at the mid-six figures and could land in the millions.
"The women are very happy the city has said we're going to step up to the plate. They feel vindicated," said Gilleon.
That vindication, however, will cost taxpayers.
10News learned the settlements have also included payments for attorney fees.
Gilleon said the settlements could end up saving taxpayers money in the long run.
"For some of the women
for the city to escape a $5 million verdict, they'd be lucky," said Gilleon.
The price tag for the alternative won't be small either.
Gilleon said settlement discussions for the higher-value cases are not complete, but they are progressing.
The San Diego City Attorney's Office declined to comment, citing pending litigation.
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