8 Civil Lawsuits Pending Against Ex-Cop Anthony Arevalos

7 Women, 1 Man Allege Arevalos Groped Or Tried To Elicit Sex From Them

At least eight civil lawsuits were pending Wednesday against former San Diego police officer Anthony Arevalos, who was recently found guilty of trying to elicit sexual favors from female motorists.

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Seven of the eight known cases were filed in San Diego Superior Court, including one filed last week, according to U-T San Diego. The eighth was filed last month in federal court, the newspaper reported.

Arevalos, 41, was convicted by a jury in November of eight felonies, including sexual battery and asking for a bribe. He recently began serving a nearly nine-year prison term.

Victims from the criminal case are scheduled to meet with the city for a settlement conference in April.

The newspaper did not report what the plaintiffs from the civil cases were seeking.

Some of pending lawsuits name only Arevalos while others also name the city and police Chief Bill Lansdowne, U-T San Diego reported. The plaintiffs -- all women except for one man -- allege Arevalos either groped them or tried to elicit sex when he pulled them over, according to the newspaper.

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