Even after the 2011 arrest of disgraced former cop Anthony Arevalos, the San Diego Police Department held back a criminal investigation into his conduct, an investigator with the district attorney’s office said in court papers.
DA investigator Susan Rodriguez, who worked the Arevalos case, said SDPD brass refused to execute a search warrant on Arevalos’ home despite multiple requests from prosecutors. The DA’s office finally searched Arevalos’ home more than a month after his arrest. Prosecutors didn’t find anything, she said, and they worried evidence had been lost.
“The prosecutor wanted stuff done. It wasn’t done,” Rodriguez said in a 2013 deposition. “You’re never hindered. And this was the first time in my now 28 years in law enforcement that I’d ever seen anything like that.”
Rodriguez’s statement comes from papers filed in a civil lawsuit from Arevalos’ final victim, a 32-year-old woman known in court papers as Jane Doe. In late 2011, Arevalos was found guilty of soliciting sexual bribes from five women, including Doe. For years, SDPD supervisors had failed to fully investigate Arevalos despite repeated instances of sexual misbehavior, documents from the Doe lawsuit have revealed.