A veteran San Diego police officer accused of trying to elicit sexual favors from four women during separate traffic stops is scheduled to be arraigned today in a downtown courtroom.
Officer Anthony Arevalos, 40, was arrested March 11 on suspicion of sexual battery, false imprisonment and assault under the color of authority, according to SDPD Lt. Andra Brown.
At the time, Arevalos — an 18-year veteran — was only accused by a 32- year-old woman he pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving late in the evening on March 8, as she was leaving the Gaslamp Quarter following Mardi Gras celebrations.
The woman, who was not arrested, reported the alleged crime the next day.
Since then, police have reopened an investigation stemming from a similar complaint made by a second woman in February 2010.
Then last week, a 21-year-old San Diego State student who is currently studying abroad, filed a new complaint against Arevalos regarding a Dec. 29 encounter.
The woman said she was pulled over about 1:30 a.m. in downtown San Diego because she had expired tags, and that Arevalos asked her to exit her vehicle before making several