SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The city of San Diego appears to be preparing to settle with three women who say they were sexual abused by disgraced SDPD police officers.

And it could cost taxpayers more than a million dollars.

The cases stem from charges against officer Christopher Hays who pleaded guilty after three women said he sexually abused them while on duty.

A fourth woman sued after an alleged encounter with another officer at Las Colinas Detention Center. That officer later resigned.

The accuser's attorney says the city has learned its lesson, after a number of scandals within the department.

"I think that the city and the police department have gotten the signal that this is just too financially costly for them to be looking the other way,” said Dan Gilleon the plaintiffs' attorney.

City representatives are expected to move forward with a $1.5 million payout to the victims. They'll hold a formal vote next week.