San Diego Attorney Represents Two Victims of Police Harassment

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Attorney Kerry L. Armstrong recently represented two female San Diego residents who were allegedly victims of sexual harassment by a police officer.

San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney Kerry L. Armstrong, of San Diego, was recently covered in the media regarding his legal representation in People v. Anthony Arevalos in the San Diego Superior Court (case number CD233024) where he represented two female San Diego residents who were allegedly victims of sexual harassment by a police officer. The officer, age 41, had been a San Diego police officer for twenty years. He was charged by the San Diego District Attorney’s Office and on November 11, 2011 was found guilty of eight felony charges, including sexual battery by restraint and asking for a bribe.

In the complaint that was filed, there were four named victims. Two of the four victims were represented by Armstrong, a San Diego criminal defense lawyer. One of the plantiffs, a twenty-one-year-old San Diego State University College student who was recently studying abroad in Europe, was reported to have been pulled over by the police officer December of 2010 on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

According to court records, the traffic stop occurred in the downtown Gaslamp District of San Diego, a popular college hot spot. Soon after the officer ordered the young woman out of the vehicle, he allegedly began making inappropriate comments about her appearance and the clothes she was wearing. The plaintiffs reported that the officer made several repeated hints about how if she could get out of the arrest if she performed sexual favors. Shortly afterwards, another officer pulled up to the scene and the defendant allegedly told Armstrong’s client, “Well, I guess the deal is off now.” The young woman was issued a citation for under 21 DUI and released.

After the plaintiff hired Armstrong, it was determined that the complaint should not be filed until her own criminal case involving the DUI case was completed. However, according to court documents, in March of 2011, another female made allegations against the same officer. The defendant was allegedly arrested and charged with sexual battery, as well as receiving a bribe for assault and battery.

Once Armstrong’s client heard the news of the police officer’s arrests, she decided to proceed forward and file a formal complaint against him (People v. Anthony Arevalos). It was on April 1, 2011, when the San Diego City Attorney’s Office decided to dismiss Armstrong’s client’s DUI case. The case turned in a positive direction for his client after he filed a motion to suppress the evidence against her based on an illegal detention. Shortly after Armstrong filed the motion, he was notified by the prosecutor that the case was dismissed based on the officer’s anticipated unavailability in court.

After Mr. Armstrong’s client made a formal complaint to the police, Armstrong appeared on several news and TV shows about the case, including KGTV San Diego. The following day, a second victim contacted him regarding her personal experience with same police officer in the Gaslamp District. After Armstrong reported his new client’s allegations to the San Diego Police Department and a new investigation was commenced. Soon thereafter, the District Attorney’s Office added six new counts to the original complaint, including sexual battery and assault and battery. Armstrong is strongly against police misconduct and feels that it should be punished. He is extremely proud of his two clients that have come forward to make the allegations against the police officer known.

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