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Prosecutor: Ex-cop tried to make deals with women he stopped, sexually assaulted 3 of them

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A San Diego police officer tried to make deals for sexual favors with seven women he stopped in the Gaslamp District and sexually assaulted three of them, a prosecutor said Wednesday, but a defense attorney told jurors that most of the alleged victims were intoxicated and the case riddled with reasonable doubt.

Closing arguments will resume Thursday morning in the trial of 41-year-old Anthony Arevalos, who is charged with 21 felony counts, including assault under the color of authority, sexual battery by restraint and soliciting or receiving a bribe, involving seven women.

Arevalos, who faces more than 19 years behind bars if convicted, was with the San Diego Police Department for 18 years until being fired earlier this year when the allegations came to light. The charges involve alleged misconduct between September 2009 and March of this year.

Deputy District Attorney Sherry Thompson told jurors in her closing argument that Arevalos asked the women "What can you do for me?" and "What can you offer to get out of a DUI?"

Thompson said Arevalos used the bribes to get "a peek, a touch, even a feel" on women he pulled over.

"That's what it was worth to him," the prosecutor said.

Thompson said Arevalos sexually assaulted a woman identified as Jane Doe in a downtown 7-Eleven bathroom after pulling her over for not using her turn signal after a Mardi Gras celebration last March 8.

He subsequently told her he would make a DUI "go away," the prosecutor said.

In other stops, Arevalos kept women at the scene much longer than was needed, the prosecutor told the jury. The defendant is also charged with false imprisonment.

Thompson said one woman told Arevalos she didn't have any money, and the officer responded by saying that wasn't what he was looking for.

"This officer had one thing in mind, and it was sexual in nature," the prosecutor said.

Arevalos had one woman drive around the corner after a stop when she said she would "show him something," a promise she broke when she gave the officer a bogus phone number, Thompson said.

The defendant slid his hands down the pants of another woman he stopped for DUI when he was putting her in handcuffs, the prosecutor said. Afterward, Arevalos said to her, "Easy, easy, you're in good hands," and also cupped the woman's breast and told her, "You should have said, `Officer spank me,"' Thompson said.

The defendant also stuck his hand down another woman's pants and had her flash her breasts after asking if they were real, Thompson alleged.

On the way to jail, Arevalos told another woman he arrested for DUI, "If you didn't have a roommate, things would be different," the prosecutor said.

Defense attorney Gretchen von Helms told the jury her client was presumed innocent.

She said each count has a misdemeanor component, except for the bribery charges, and charged that prosecutors had not proven the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

"They have to bake the wedding cake of the century here," the defense attorney said.

Von Helms said most of the alleged victims were drunk and their testimony exaggerated.

"Alcohol emboldens you," the defense attorney said.

She said most of the women came forward after the allegations against Jane Doe came to light.

"If someone does a crime to you, you call," von Helms said.

Von Helms will finish her closing arguments tomorrow, following by the prosecution's rebuttal argument. The jury is then expected to start deliberating.

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