SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – A judge ruled Tuesday that a civil rights case against former San Diego police officer Anthony Arevalos and the city will move forward.
The court heard oral arguments on the city's attempts to keep the jury from learning evidence of Arevalos' numerous other incidents of sexual misconduct prior to his sexual assault incident on March 8, 2011. The prosecution says there are 10 other witnesses who claim that Avelevos sexually assaulted or harassed them during traffic stops dating back to the late 90s.
The defense says those incidents went unreported until recently, and are irrelevant to the case.
Arevelos was not in federal court Tuesday. He sits behind bars at Corcoran State Prison. His 21-day trial will begin on August 12, and will be broken up into three phases.