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San Diego police chief praises jury for convicting ex-officer of on-duty sex assaults

November 17, 2011 |  6:37 pm

ArevalosSan Diego Police Chief Bill Lansdowne praised prosecutors, investigators and jurors involved in the conviction of an ex-officer for sexually abusing women while on duty.

Lansdowne also praised "the courageous victims who came forward to face this terrible situation."

Ex-Officer Anthony Arevalos, 41, an 18-year veteran of the Police Department, was fired after the allegations surfaced earlier this year.

The Arevalos case is one of several instances of officer misconduct that have shaken the department this year and led to a series of reforms.

"This case brought a black mark of discredit upon all law enforcement and because of it, we have implemented new procedures to uncover and deal with allegations of misconduct," Lansdowne said. "I look forward to rebuilding the positive relationship that we have shared with the public."

Arevalos was convicted Thursday on multiple counts of demanding sexual favors from women whom he had stopped for traffic violations. Seven women testified against him.

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Photo: Anthony Arevalos. Credit: KSWB-TV San Diego

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