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A tearful former San Diego police officer convicted of bribing and sexually assaulting women he stopped in the Gaslamp District for drunk driving and other offenses was sentenced after repeatedly asking for forgiveness during his sentencing hearing Friday in a downtown courtroom.
Victims React To Arevalos Sentencing
Two of Anthony Arevalos' victims finally had the chance to confront him Friday.One of the women, Jane Doe, said she was pulled over by Arevalos in October 2010 at the corner of 4th Avenue and Island Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter. There, he detained her for nearly two hours, and through her car door that was slightly ajar, Jane Doe said he put his hands down her blouse and pants and asked her questions like "Are your breasts real?"On Friday morning in court, Jane Doe gave a victim's impact statement that was at times tearful."Who would've thought that a man, a police officer with a badge and a gun, an officer who took an oath much like the ones I did in 5th grade to protect and to serve
would use those very privileges to terrorize and destroy? Who could imagine that?" she said.The months of trial finally poured out in an emotional victim's statement as Jane Doe recalled her childhood days when she took an oath to be a school crossing guard.Later in an interview in her lawyer's office, Jane Doe told 10News, "It's the first time I've seen any emtion at all throughout the trial."She said Arevalos' demeanor was a big contrast to his behavior throughout the trial."He sat stone cold, staring directly at his accusers. I never once saw a grimace or a tear shed at all," she said.Jane Doe said she is also upset with Arevalos' attorney, Gretchen von Helms."She went overboard with the mockery and the name-calling and the comparisons to party girls in music videos," she said, referring to the music video for the Katy Perry song "TGIF."Jane Doe said von Helms likened her and other victims to drunken party girls.Talia Tortora was another Arevalos victim, although he did not physically assault her. She was in a more forgiving mood than Jane Doe."I wish your family peace and hope and that you're able to find comfort in your faith," Tortora said.Jane Doe told 10News she was satisfied with the 8 years and 8 months that Arevalos received, though she said it could be a lot longer than that before she's able to trust police officers again.