A woman who is known to the public only as “Jane Doe” will be awarded $5.9 million because of the misconduct she suffered at the hands of former San Diego police officer, Anthony Arevalos. Despite her victory, Jane Doe’s attorneys told reporters she prefers to remain anonymous.
The charges stemmed from an incident that unraveled on the night of March 8, 2011. It began when Arevalos pulled over the woman for a routine traffic stop. He then suggested the two of them visit a local convenience store.
According to court documents, the two made an agreement: they would enter its restroom together, wherein she would give him her underwear in return for not being charged with a DUI.
Sadly, this was not the only act of misconduct on Arevalos record. Later that same year, the former police officer was convicted of multiple felony counts that included asking for bribes while in a police uniform, assault, and sexual battery. In total, 13 victims came forward to charge Arevalos with various crimes that lasted between 2009 and 2011. Most took place in the Gaslamp Quarter area of San Diego.
In total, Arevalos will face eight years and eight months behind bars. The city will pay the $5.9 million Jane Doe is owed, though over half of that will go to cover her attorney fees.
Aside from all the money this is costing, the police department has also faced years of scrutiny due to misconduct like this kind. One of many ways they are responding is by outfitting 150 of their officers with body cameras. By 2016, they hope to have this done for all of their patrol officers.
While this is a truly sad case, it’s also an important reminder that you have rights and those meant to protect them aren’t always doing so. If you believe your rights have been violated, contact an attorney as soon as possible.