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Woman files $5.5M claim against city over officer misconduct

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A woman filed a claim against the City of San Diego Wednesday, saying she was the victim of police misconduct by a San Diego police officer.

The complaint is asking for $500,000 in economic damages and $5 million in general damages. The woman claims she suffered emotional distress, assault, battery and false imprisonment during a traffic stop made by ex-officer Anthony Arevalos at 7th and Island last December.

The woman is saying Arevalos stopped her, asked her to exit her vehicle, then sexually assaulted her. She says Arevalos violated her civil rights.

Arevalos is the same officer currently charged with 18 felonies, including sexual battery, assault under color of authority and receiving a bribe for allegedly sexuall assaulting women while on duty.

"It's unfortunate the allegations exist. We need to get down to the facts, not what's been twisted for titillating aspects for the media," Arevalos's attorney Philip Gagnon, Jr. said after a hearing.

Arevalos, an 18-year veteran, has since been fired by the San Diego Police Department. As for the victim in the new complaint, it appears she is not included in the charges against Arevalos, making her a new alleged victim.

It's not clear if this means more charges will be filed against the former officer.

Arevalos is expected back in court Monday for his preliminary hearing. The female victim in the complaint was originally charged with DUI, but that charge has since been dropped.



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