Judge: Sexual assault victim will be able to present evidence police culture contributed to attack

SAN DIEGO - Major allegations of a corrupt culture inside the San Diego Police Department will be heard in federal court, a judge ruled late Tuesday.

Team 10 was the first to reveal new allegations of officers abusing their badge.

A federal judge ruled one of former San Diego police officer Anthony Arevalos' sexual assault victims will be able to present evidence that police culture contributed to her attack.

In the ruling, the judge said one of the victims, who is known only as "Jane Doe" to protect her identity, has “sufficient evidence of a code of silence that exists within the SDPD.”

Read the judge's ruling by clicking here.

Team 10 was the first to talk with Arevalos' 13th victim – the only woman who has not settled her case with the city. Jane Doe has been adamant that San Diego police supervisors knew Arevalos was assaulting women for years.

While those supervisors have been released from personal liability in another earlier ruling, Tuesday's ruling indicates the department as a whole is not off the hook.

"She is very pleased that she will have a chance to present evidence of the 'code of silence' to a jury in July," said Doe's attorney, Linda Workman, during a news conference Tuesday evening. "She wants the truth to come out and have a cleaner, better, stronger department."

Doe and her legal team plan to bring up incidents involving officers dating back at least a decade and include the latest allegations against officers like Christopher Hays. Team 10 broke that story about the allegations against the former officer, who resigned to fight the allegations.

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Arevalos was convicted in November 2011 of felony and misdemeanor charges involving five women, including multiple counts of sexual battery by restraint, asking for a bribe and assault and battery by a police officer. He was acquitted of other serious charges involving two other women.

Two of the convictions were overturned in February. Arevalos's attorneys are also seeking a new trial because handwritten notes from Doe, who is the main accuser, were not turned over to the defense.

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