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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Jurors deliberated for a second full day Tuesday in the case of a former San Diego police officer accused of trying to solicit sexual favors from women.

Jurors now deciding the fate of former San Diego police officer Anthony Arevalos spent their second full day in deliberations Tuesday. Their discussions were confidential, but they did seek clarification from the court on a couple of issues, including a question regarding the exact number of counts Arevalos faces.

Forms make it appear there are 23 counts instead of 21, but two of the counts have two parts to them. There was also a verdict form question concerning false imprisonment charges.

Seven alleged victims and 21 felony counts -- it's a lot to sort through.

"If it was me, I'd start by analyzing exactly what the charges are," News 8 legal analyst Bill Nimmo said.

Nimmo says he expects the jury to take a while, probably going victim by victim through the charges. The most difficult to process?

"I think it's the sexual assault, because that's the most serious," he said.

Arevalos' attorney reminded jurors that the women were drunk when they dealt with Arevalos, and therefore may have misinterpreted his actions, but Nimmo thinks the amount of women who came forward could be a problem for the former officer, along with his alleged abuse of power.

"The fact that he's a police officer, I think is, it's a betrayal of trust and it's the exact kind of scenario you don't want to have happen to yourself. It doesn't happen to men all that often, but it could happen to my daughter. And I'd be upset if it happened to my daughter because it's a betrayal of trust," Nimmo said.

THIS IS A STORY UPDATE. For an earlier version, read below.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Jurors will deliberate for a second full day Tuesday in the trial of a former San Diego police officer accused of trying to elicit sexual favors from seven women he pulled over in the Gaslamp District.

On Monday, the jury deciding the fate of Anthony Arevalos asked for the transcripts of the testimony of three of the alleged victims. Judge Jeffrey Fraser told the panel that transcripts weren't available, but that jurors could have testimony read back to them if they wanted.

Arevalos, 41, is charged with assault under the color of authority, sexual battery by restraint, soliciting or receiving a bribe and false imprisonment by force or fear. He faces more than 19 years in prison if convicted of 21 felony counts.

The 18-year SDPD veteran was fired after allegations came to light in March that he tried to make a deal with women he stopped and sexually assaulted three of them. Most of the stops in question were for driving under the influence and happened between September 2009 and March of this year.

In her closing argument last week, Deputy District Attorney Sherry Thompson said Arevalos "used the Gaslamp like a playground to stop people as he saw fit."

Thompson told jurors that Arevalos asked the women "What can you offer to get out of a DUI?"

Defense attorney Gretchen von Helms told the jury in her closing argument that there was reasonable doubt on many of the charges, saying some counts could be construed as misdemeanor conduct.

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

The attorney said some of the alleged victims sought benefits for their testimony, such as getting their DUI cases dismissed, while some have a vested interest in the outcome of the criminal case because they have filed claims against the city seeking monetary damages.

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