Arevalos Victim Criticizes County DA Dumanis

'Jennifer' Claims Her Case Was Ignored Due To Her Job

A victim in the high-profile case against a former San Diego police officer is directing strong words at San Diego County District Attorney and mayoral candidate Bonnie Dumanis.

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Jennifer was the first driver to file a complaint against Anthony Arevalos. A year before he was charged, her case against him was referred to Dumanis' office, but prosecutors cited a lack of evidence and no charges were ever filed.

"She's not a credible candidate for mayor," Jennifer said of Dumanis. "I think she should step out of the race."

In February 2010, a DUI stop in Mission Valley lands Jennifer in the back seat of a police cruiser with Arevalos. He parked the car on state Route 163, she said.

"He was waving his flashlight at me, and then he got into the back of the squad car and used his fingers to assault me … I was terrified and my heart started to race really fast," Jennifer told 10News.

Later at Las Colinas Detention Facility, she said she told a supervisor, Sgt. Kevin Friedman, about the assault.

"I asked him for a rape kit and Internal Affairs. He said he'd take care of it, but he didn't," said Jennifer.

Jennifer said she ended up contacting Internal Affairs three days later, and the office forwarded the file to prosecutors.

A year after they declined to file charges in Jennifer's case, Arevalos was charged and eventually convicted for sexually assaulting five women at traffic stops. Jennifer said she was subpoenaed to testify for prosecutors, but the subpoena was sent to an old address.

Jennifer's attorney, Mary Frances Prevost, said Friedman was Arevalos' supervisor for many of the incidents.

"His nickname was 'Fifth and Friedman' … he would hang out in the Gaslamp on Fifth Avenue focusing on women. We're trying to investigate what 'focusing' means," Prevost said.

Jennifer just added Friedman to a civil suit. Friedman recently resigned amid a separate, ongoing ticket-fixing case.

Jennifer directs most of her frustration at Dumanis and prosecutors. She believes her case was ignored because she worked as an exotic dancer.

"She pretends to have victims' rights in the forefront, but her actions speak louder than words," said Jennifer.

10News tried to reach Dumanis' campaign for comment, but calls were not returned.

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