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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.

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Comments

Visduh Sept. 13, 2012 @ 12:14 p.m.

You know, I really wonder what might happen in Baja, or anywhere in Mexico, if a cop who abused his authority in such ways were actually fired and imprisoned. Nah, nevahappen! That's another culture, and a very alien one although many don't realize that, and what goes on there has nothing to do with US standards. Routine phony traffic stops provide the revenue to keep their system going. Just pay up and drive off. Everyday occurrence in all the cities and towns along the border for sure.

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laplayaheritage Sept. 13, 2012 @ 12:45 p.m.

It is about time.

A total of 10 women have open claims against the City of San Diego.

These 10 cases arises from alleged conduct between the Plaintiff and former San Diego Police Officer Anthony Arevalos. The City Attorney’s Office will brief the Mayor and City Council on recent developments in the case and seek direction.

http://dockets.sandiego.gov/sirepub/pubmtgframe.aspx?meetid=1592&doctype=Agenda

JULY 9, 2012.

CS-1 LaToshia Thompson v. City of San Diego, et al. San Diego Superior Court 37-2012-00092995-CU-CR-CTL. CS-2 Danielle Fisher v. City of San Diego, et al. U.S. District Court Case No. 12-cv-1268 LAB (NLS). CS-3 Marjan Montazemi v. City of San Diego, et al. U.S. District Court Case No. 12-cv-1267 CAB (JMA). CS-4 Mary Bracewell v. City of San Diego, et al. U.S. District Court Case No. 12-cv-1266 WQH (JMA). CS-5 Melissa Wilde v. City of San Diego, et al. U.S. District Court Case No. 12cv1262 DMS (BGS). CS-6 Emma M. v. City of San Diego, et al. U.S. District Court Case No. 12cv01375-W-JMA CS-7 Jane Roe v. City of San Diego, et al. U.S. District Court Case No. 12cv0243 W (WVG). CS-8 Ashley Steele v. City of San Diego, et al. U.S. District Court Case No. DC 3:12cv01012 DMS (WMC). CS-9 Talia Tortora, et al. v. City of San Diego, et al. U.S. District Court Case No. 12cv1265 MMA (WMC). CS-10 Melissa Marin v. City of San Diego, et al. U.S. District Court Case No. 12cv1264 JLS (BGS).

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Visduh Sept. 13, 2012 @ 12:50 p.m.

Although the PD finally purged him from the ranks, it took them long enough. That cop code of silence had to have made it possible for him to keep doing his foul deeds for as long as he did. Now the taxpayers have to pay for his misconduct. Just another episode in the ongoing saga of "Enron by the Sea."

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 13, 2012 @ 8:30 p.m.

He is in prison right now with several felony convictions-I was at the court when the jury was deliberating, tons of were media was there......

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Dorian Hargrove Sept. 13, 2012 @ 1:53 p.m.

Thanks for listing these, LaPlayaHeritage. I will revise the story.

--dh

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 13, 2012 @ 8:28 p.m.

All of those cases were filed in the federal court- I am surpised they were all assigned a different judge. One reaon going federal is if the city loses they pay the judgment/damages/liability PLUS all attorney fees which- could go over $1 million per case ......

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 13, 2012 @ 8:31 p.m.

Who was the lawyer representing the victims??? I bet one lawyer had all the cases.....

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Dorian Hargrove Sept. 14, 2012 @ 12:07 p.m.

I will look that up now, SurfPuppy. Thanks!

--dh

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Dorian Hargrove Sept. 14, 2012 @ 12:28 p.m.

Yes, it does appear as if Mitchell | Gilleon Law Firm is representing all victims.

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 14, 2012 @ 3:01 p.m.

Mitchell | Gilleon Law Firm, kicking some butt and taking some names. good job.

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