Woman: Officer Asked If She Could 'Show Him Something'
Testimony Continues In Trial Of Ex-SDPD Officer Anthony Arevalos
7:28 AM, Oct 27, 2011
A nursing student pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving by a former San Diego police officer accused of trying to elicit sexual favors from women he stopped in the Gaslamp testified Thursday that he asked her if she could "show him something" after she begged him not to arrest her for driving under the influence.
The woman, testifying in the trial of 41-year-old Anthony Arevalos, said the officer made her blow into a breathalyzer the night of Jan. 9, 2010 after she performed two field sobriety tests.The woman said Arevalos told her that she failed the breath test and wondered what she would do in exchange for not going to jail.The witness said she offered the officer money, but he asked her if she would do anything "out of the books" or "under the table."When it became clear he didn't want money, Arevalos asked "If I could show him something." she testified.The witness said she agreed, and Arevalos told her to drive to another location around the corner, and he followed.The woman -- wearing an off-the-shoulder dress -- said Arevalos again asked if she could show him something, but she gave him a bogus phone number instead."I said, 'Call me sometime,' and I left," the woman testified.The woman -- who said she had two drinks at a club before she was stopped -- said Arevalos never told her what her blood-alcohol level measured.She said she told her boyfriend and another friend about what happened but didn't call police because she was too busy with work and school. She was later contacted by police.The woman is one of seven women prosecutors plan to call in the case, some of whom were arrested for DUI and some who were allegedly sexually assaulted and let go.Arevalos was with the San Diego Police Department for 18 years before being fired earlier this year when the charges -- including assault under the color of authority, sexual battery by restraint, false imprisonment and soliciting or receiving a bribe -- were filed.He faces more than 19 years in prison if convicted of 21 felony counts.In her opening statement last week, Deputy District Attorney Sherry Thompson told jurors that the Gaslamp Quarter was a "board" for a game played by Arevalos -- "a game called 'What Can You Offer Me?'"Arevalos used his position of authority to barter and trade sexual favors from alleged female drunken driving offenders.The prosecutor said "Jane Doe" had just ridden on a Mardi Gras float and was trying to get to work when Arevalos pulled her over, Thompson said. The young woman was panicked and hyperventilating."He says, 'Calm down, there are other options,'" Thompson said. "She doesn't know what to do, and the negotiations begin."Arevalos ended up rubbing her private parts in a 7-Eleven bathroom, according to Thompson.Adams said the GPS confirmed the officer's presence at the convenience store, and employees identified him.Thompson said another alleged victim flashed her breasts at Arevalos, and he rubbed under the underwear and bra of a third woman.Defense attorney Jan Ronis, in his opening statement, told jurors they should keep an open mind because the women were under the influence of alcohol at the time, which "skewed" both their perception of events and their memories.Also, several of the women have filed claims -- the precursor to lawsuits -- pending against the city -- and two of them have been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence in separate cases since their allegations against Arevalos were made, Ronis said.Testimony resumes on Monday.
Detective Testifies He Never Reported Sept. 2009 Claim Against Arevalos
A San Diego Police Department detective said he was told about a run-in with Arevalos -- 18 months before the he lost his badge and was charged with 21 felonies.The complaint was never reported, and SDPD Det. James Clark said he didn't know specifics."I just remember the nature of the conversation," he said in court Wednesday. "I don't remember specific things that were said."Clark said he knew one of Arevalos' accusers who testified this week had a problem with one of his colleagues."She was relaying her frustrations with the police officer," he told the court.He only now knows that police officer was Arevalos, who prosecutors claim let women out of traffic and DUI tickets in exchange for sexual favors.In September 2009, one of Arevalos' alleged victims told Clark, who was off duty, about what happened to her."In 2009, all I did was give her advice to call internal affairs," he testified.However, the woman never contacted internal affairs.Clark said reporting a complaint he gets when off duty is not his responsibility.San Diego police officials said they can't comment about testimony in an ongoing case.