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Former San Diego Police Officer Anthony Arevalos continues to cost the City for the sexual assault crimes he committed on unsuspecting women in San Diego's Gaslamp District over a two-year period from 2009 to 2011.

On Tuesday, city councilmembers will be asked to approve paying up to $250,000 to legal outfit Haight, Brown & Bonesteel to defend the City in court. The City Attorney's office has decided against representing Arevalos in court due to a conflict of interest.

As part of the agreement, the City will pay the lead attorney on the case $200 per hour, $185 an hour for associate attorneys, and $100 for paralegal work.

The expenditure is just the latest in what has been a series of payments to Arevalos' victims. For more than a year, the City has settled five cases totaling over $1.25 million, excluding legal fees. The latest came in November 2012, when the City agreed to pay one woman $675,000 in damages. In the weeks prior, four other women received payments of $150,000 (2), $100,000 (1), and $50,000 (1) respectively.

The money for the victims and for outside legal work is paid from the City's Public Liabilities Fund.


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