New surveillance video shows sexual assault victim helping police

Jane Doe put under surveillance after filing suit

SAN DIEGO - The video surveillance conducted by the city of San Diego on a sexual assault victim was not the first time the woman featured in the video, known only as Jane Doe, was recorded by city cameras.

Team 10 has also obtained a copy of Doe's phone conversation with now convicted former San Diego police officer Anthony Arevalos. 

Arevalos was convicted of trading tickets for sexual favors, assaulting at least 13 women while on duty.

Doe's conversation with Arevalos occurred after she was assaulted in the bathroom of a 7-Eleven. It was recorded by the San Diego Police Department. Team 10 obtained the video through a court order.

"You had said you wanted to touch me and then you stopped and I don't know if you were upset," Doe, whose identity has been protected by state and federal court orders, said.

Arevalos responded, "Would I have liked to have been there longer with you, of course I would have liked to been there longer with you, but you know I'm in uniform."

The video shows Doe being coached by SDPD Detective Lori Adams.

"It's crazy that I was standing there with no panties on," Doe told Arevalos.

"You are a grown woman. You really are. You handled it very well. Very well," he said.

Arevalos will spend more than eight years in state prison. Doe is suing the city over the attack.

As Team 10 first reported, the city attorney hired a private investigator to follow and record Doe.

"To me it seems like I'm being stalked by the city," Doe said in an exclusive interview with Team 10.

"It's not being insensitive. It's preparing for trial," said City Attorney Jan Goldsmith when asked about authorizing surveillance of a sexual assault victim.

Goldsmith said the city would have likely put Arevalos under surveillance if it had known of his behavior.

The surveillance video of Doe covers 23 days. The video shows the routine events of Doe's day-to-day life, including family gatherings and trips to the store.

One interaction with her boyfriend is described by the private investigator as Doe "kissing and hugging her boyfriend in public; attired in shorts and bending fully over in public."

The video was provided to Team 10 by Doe and her lawyers.

"I've never seen a city government, a police department, use that power and spy on a victim such as this," said Doe's attorney Browne Greene.

Memos obtained by Team 10 show the private investigator spent months surveiling Doe -- from as early as 2012 to as recently as fourth of July weekend 2013. Goldsmith called this type of surveillance standard practice in defending a civil lawsuit.

"I don't want to see things like this happen again," Goldsmith said. "But that's not what the discussion is about. The discussion is about money. They want to get rich off the case."

The city of San Diego has paid $2.3 million to settle 12 other lawsuits involving Arevalos.  Doe is the only victim who has not settled her case.

"Their agenda is to whip up the public to get angry at the city so we pay them more and make their lawyers rich," Goldsmith said of the release of the video to Team 10. "That's what it's about."

"He's allowing his lawyers to file lies against a hero," Greene said. "I find that beneath contempt.  I'm not a lawyer just to make money. I happen to believe and I take cases I believe in. This is one I really believe in."

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