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Alleged victim of sexual assault by SDPD cop fights to stay anonymous

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The attorney for the first woman to come forward and accuse former San Diego police officer Anthony Arevalos of sexual assault is firing back, after the City Attorney's office filed a court motion requesting that the alleged victim - known in court documents only as 'Jane Roe' - reveal her true identity.

"This is outrageous that they would want to 'out' the victim of a sexual assault, have her name out there in the public," said attorney Mary Frances Prevost. "It is upsetting, demeaning. It is frightening to her and it sends a message to sexual assault victims: Don't come forward."

In February 2010, the now 30-year-old mother of a baby girl was arrested for DUI in Mission Valley, when she claims Arevalos assaulted her.

This past January, 'Jane Roe' filed a lawsuit in federal court against the city of San Diego, Arevalos and the police chief, seeking monetary damages.

When asked why the alleged victim, who had worked as an exotic dancer at the time of the incident, should have to reveal her identity in public court records, the City Attorney's office told News 8: "This individual is suing the city for a lot of money, claiming a lot of emotional injuries. Our lawyer filed the motion because she would like to know something about the plaintiff to determine the extent of the emotional injuries."

"That's a cover-up," Prevost responded. "What they want to do is publish her name: they want to harass her."

The city attorney's office claims in its motion that they wouldn't be able to interview those close to the victim, to assess the factual allegations in the case, unless her name is revealed.

'Jane Roe's' attorney calls that "patently false."

"Under a protective order, they can do all of those things." Prevost said. "They just can't start announcing who she is in public."

In a separate motion, the City Attorney is seeking to remove from Jane Roe's lawsuit all references to alleged sexual misconduct committed by other San Diego police officers. calling it "immaterial," "scandalous" and "argumentative."

Prevost said that it is relevant to her case, in order to prove a department-wide pattern and policy of protecting San Diego police officers at all costs.

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