Ex-San Diego police officer sentenced for demanding sexual favors
A tearful former San Diego police officer was sentenced Friday to eight years and eight months in prison for his conviction on 12 counts of demanding sexual favors from seven women after traffic stops.
Anthony Arevalos, 41, was convicted in November of stopping women, often in downtown San Diego, for traffic offenses and then offering to let them go if they would engage in sexual contact. An 18-year veteran of the department, he was fired after the charges were filed.
San Diego Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Fraser refused Arevalos' request to grant him probation so he could remain with his children. He wept as he apologized to his victims, his family and the police department.
After the sentencing, San Diego Police Chief Bill Lansdowne issued a statement: “I applaud the Judge for his handling of this difficult case and his thoughtful consideration concerning what punishment was appropriate for someone who so completely violated the public trust.
"I also want to thank the courageous victim who came forward and reported the crime.”
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Former police officer Anthony Arevalos. Credit: Fox5 / San Diego