Arevalos Victim Fights To Protect Identity In Suit Against City

City Attorney's Office Files Motion To Reveal Woman's Identity

A woman who was the first person to report a now-former San Diego police officer for sexual assault is fighting attempts to reveal her identity.

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"I'm outraged, just outraged," said the woman, who wished to be identified only as Jennifer.

Jennifer spoke to 10News after learning her real name may not be hidden much longer.

"I feel terrible and helpless. I feel victimized yet again," said Jennifer.

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

"He got into [the] back of [the] squad car and used his fingers to assault," said Jennifer.

Jennifer said she reported the incident to Internal Affairs, but the San Diego County District Attorney's Office later declined to prosecute, citing a lack of evidence.

A year later, Arevalos was charged and eventually convicted for sexually assaulting five other women at traffic stops.

Jennifer was one of many women to file lawsuits against the SDPD and the city of San Diego.

However, in the city's latest motion, attorneys asked a judge to reveal her identity so they could talk to her friends and family.

In a statement, the San Diego City Attorney's Office said: "This individual is suing the city for a lot of money, claiming a lot of injuries. Our attorney filed the motion because she would like to know something about the Plaintiff to determine the extent of those injuries."

"It's a dirty thing to do, it's a dirty tactic," said Jennifer.

Jennifer also said it's a dishonest tactic because police know who she is and talked to many people in her life for the internal probe.

Jennifer's attorney, Mary Frances Prevost, called the motion an unusual move for a civil case involving this type of sexual assault.

"The city attorney's office is supposed to be protecting victims. This is the lowest blow I've ever seen from the city attorney's office, and it disgusts me," said Prevost. "I think they're trying to out the women and get us to back down … I'm not going to back down."

Jennifer said she doesn't want to be named because she will then be asked about the incident over and over.

Even though police know her identity, the city attorney's office said a motion is needed because the criminal investigation is separate from the civil suit.

Gina Coburn with the San Diego City Attorney's Office issued this statement:

"We have not yet conducted an investigation as to her civil claims … We know this plaintiff had a very active day on the day of the alleged incident … and had such a high blood alcohol level as to drive her car into a building and a ditch. We need to be able to ask questions about her, what she did that day, her mental and emotional status before and after this alleged occurrence, and to do that, we need to reveal her identity."

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