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    A former San Diego police officer accused of trying to elicit sex from seven women he pulled over in the Gaslamp District was convicted of eight felony counts and four misdemeanors Thursday. 
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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - One day after the conviction of former San Diego police officer Anthony Arevalos, one of his accusers is telling her story.

Marjan Montazemi is still reeling from a jury's decision to acquit former San Diego police officer Anthony Arevalos of seven charges related to her DUI stop in the Gaslamp Quarter.

"It's upsetting. I'm hurt, very hurt that I came forward and they didn't believe what I said," Montazemi said.

During the three-week-long trial, the 25-year-old testified that 41-year-old Arevalos suggested he wanted to see her naked in high heels and groped her as he put her in his patrol car.

The Mira Mesa resident was hoping her testimony, which included a graphic demonstration of how the 18-year veteran allegedly fondled her, would have caused other victims to emerge from the shadows.

"I don't regret anything that I've done. I'm satisfied with me coming forward, showing face. I'm not going to hide," she said.

Some jurors found her testimony to be inconsistent, and that's why they voted not guilty.

"In the final decisions, you have to take a look at the blood alcohol. You have to take a look at her recall," a juror said.

Even with the not guilty verdicts, the Iran native says she's pursuing a claim against the married father of two and the City of San Diego.

"The city's going to have to pay because… they knew what he was doing. They should have gotten him off the streets," Montazemi's lawyer Dan Gilleon said.

Despite the jury's decisions, Montazemi says she's thrilled they convicted Arevalos on eight counts, which could get him a 10-year prison term.

"One year, two years, it doesn't matter. He's out of the streets, he's where he belongs," she said.

Her lawyer says the city attorney's office is speaking about settling the claim out of court.

Anthony Arevalos will be sentenced December 19. He's sitting in jail without bail.

 

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