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Alleged victim's shocking testimony against former cop

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A woman testified Thursday that a former San Diego police officer sexually assaulted her in a 7-Eleven restroom after pulling her over following a Mardi Gras parade in the Gaslamp Quarter downtown.

A woman identified as Jane Doe took the witness stand in the trial of Anthony Arevalos, who is charged with sexually assaulting or trying to elicit sexual favors from seven women he stopped between September 2009 and early this year.

Doe testified that Arevalos said he stopped her just before 11 p.m. last March 8 because she didn't use her turn signal.

When she disagreed, the officer asked her if she had been drinking, and she said she hadn't had any drinks for three hours.

The woman said Arevalos had her blow into a portable breathalyzer, and she was "shocked" and "surprised" that the result was .09 percent.

"He said, 'Don't worry, there's still options," Doe testified.

She said she asked if she could call work to tell them she was running late, and Arevalos told her to tell her employer that she was stuck in traffic because of a DUI accident.

The woman said Arevalos had her blow into a breathalyzer in the trunk of his patrol car, and it registered .08 percent, but a second blow registered .09 percent.

"I started freaking out," the woman said. "He said, `We might be able to work something out."'

When asked what she would be willing to do to get out of a DUI, Doe said she told the officer "I don't know what you want."

She said the officer told her that someone else had given him a bra and panties, but she said she didn't want to give him her bra because she had just paid $70 for it.

"He said, `What about your panties? Are they matching?"' the woman testified.

When she said the bra and panties didn't match, Arevalos said, "OK, I'll take your panties," she testified.

Doe said Arevalos had her drive to a nearby 7-Eleven, and she went inside to use the restroom to take off her panties to give to the officer.

To her surprise, Arevalos followed her into the restroom and shut the door, she testified.

The woman said she cried as she stood in front of the toilet and took off her pants and panties.

She said Arevalos told her she had really nice breasts and he wanted to see them, so she pulled up her shirt and bra and flashed him.

The woman said Arevalos came over to her and put his finger in her vaginal area.

She said the officer put his arm around her and said, "It'll be better if you lean against me."

The woman said Arevalos asked if she wanted her panties back, and she said no.

Once outside, Doe said she blew into a portable breathalyzer and it registered .07 percent.

She said Arevalos told her it would take 30 days for the breathalyzer readings to go away and he would "make up a story" about what happened.

Doe said the officer asked for her number and told her the incident was "just between us."

Asked how long the entire ordeal took, the woman said "It felt like a million years."

The woman said she didn't report the incident right away because she was afraid she could still get a DUI, but soon after told police investigators what happened.

Arevalos, 41, was with the San Diego Police Department for 18 years before being fired earlier this year when the charges -- including assault under the color of authority, sexual battery by restraint, false imprisonment and soliciting or receiving a bribe -- were filed.

He faces more than 19 years in prison if convicted of 21 felony counts.

In her opening statement, Deputy District Attorney Sherry Thompson told jurors that the Gaslamp Quarter was a "board" for a game played by Arevalos -- "a game called `What Can You Offer Me?" -- and that he used his position of authority to barter and trade sexual favors from female alleged DUI offenders.

Defense attorney Jan Ronis countered that jurors should keep an open mind because the women were under the influence of alcohol at the time, which "skewed" both their perception of events and their memories.

Several of the women also have filed claims -- the precursor to lawsuits -- against the city, and two of them have been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence in separate cases since their allegations against Arevalos were made, Ronis said.

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