Matthew Lickona 2:43 p.m., June 19
City council to approve $100,000 settlement for sexual abuse by former cop
The City of San Diego has now begun paying for Anthony Arevalos' improper conduct. Today city councilmembers will approve a $100,000 court settlement for Melissa Marin, one of the ten women the former San Diego Police Officer promised to trade a drunk driving conviction for sexual favors.
The case drew national attention in early 2011 after multiple women accused the 18-year police-veteran of sexual misconduct.
For Marin, it started on January 9, 2010 when driving along G Street in downtown at 10pm. According to the claim filed against the City, Arevalos stopped Marin for making an improper turn. The traffic stop quickly turned to an allegation that Marin was drunk. Arevalos then conducted field sobriety tests and administered a breathalyzer. Arevalos, not willing to show the results, told Marin that she was over the legal limit.
That's when Arevalos said that the charge might disappear if "there was anything she could do off the books or under the table for him."
Arevalos then asked Marin to take her top down. She refused. She was given another chance, this time to give him her phone number and she could ride away. She gave him a fake number and then left the scene.
Today the council is asked to "authorize the City Comptroller to pay the sum of $100,000 in settlement of each and every claim against the City of San Diego, their agents and employees resulting from the personal injury claim of Melissa Marin resulting from her arrest, not including her claim for attorney’s fees and costs incurred."
In a report from 10News, the City has already settled three other cases. The others will most likely be at a higher price.
"For some of the women, for the city to escape a $5 million verdict, they'd be lucky,"civil attorney Dan Gilleon told the news station during an August 11 interview.
Court documents show that City Attorney Jan Goldsmith offered to settle the case on July 11, 2012.