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Unsealed records allege 15 years of sex abuse by cop

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - There are disturbing new details emerging about a former San Diego police officer accused of soliciting sexual favors from women while on duty.

Anthony Arevalos was fired earlier this month after several women came forward alleging he acted inappropriately while conducting traffic stops. Newly unsealed documents reveal some of the details dating back 15 years.

Just three days before San Diego police Officer Anthony Arevalos was fired for allegedly sexually assaulting five women during traffic stops, a district attorney investigator says she received a tip about a photo album the 40-year-old had been keeping for years.

According to a search warrant affidavit, the 18-year department veteran was known "to keep photographs of women" that he would contact during the course of his duties "in various stages of undress while performing sexual acts" with him.

The tipster says the pictures were taken while "Officer Arevalos was on duty and in police uniform." The unsealed documents confirmed that detectives searched Arevalos's police locker and found "two pairs of women's panties." He claimed the panties belonged to an alleged girlfriend, even though he is married.

Prosecutors allege the Chula Vista resident stopped the women for traffic violations, then offered to make deals by not giving them a citation or put them in jail if they would engage in sexual activity.

For example, on Jan. 10, 2010, a woman pulled over for suspected DUI says Arevalos "slipped his hand into her pants" and said, "Easy, you're in good hands now."

During a March 9, 2011 recorded phone call with one of his victims, court records show he told her "I hold the paperwork in my hands. If I don't turn it in, then nobody knows about it." The woman then asked Arevalos what he like best. His reply: "When the shirt came up and the pants went down, I didn't expect your body to be as nice and wonderful as it was."

As far as potential evidence that detectives and the DA have retrieved in the case, they have his Droid cell phone and phone records from Verizon Wireless for account activity between Jan. 2010 and March of this year. On April 15, DA investigators armed with a warrant searched Arevalos's home. They recovered an iPad, a netbook, a Polaroid camera, a Kodak camera, a checkbook, bank statement, a photocopied traffic citation and a safe.

Arevalos was fired by the department back on April 14 following an internal investigation. He has been free on $200,000 bail. The married father of two faces 18 felony counts.

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