Four Oak­land Po­lice Of­fi­cers fired in Bay Area Teen Pros­ti­tute Scan­dal

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Ato­tal of 12 Oak­land po­lice of­fi­cers were rec­om­mended for dis­ci­plinary ac­tion stem­ming from al­le­ga­tions that a teenage pros­ti­tute traded sex for money and tips from cops to avoid be­ing ar­rested.

Four po­lice of­fi­cers in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia have been fired in a sex scan­dal in­volv­ing a teenage pros­ti­tute who claimed to have been in­volved with mul­ti­ple of­fi­cers in de­part­ments across the Bay Area, of­fi­cials an­nounced on Wed­nes­day.

The year-long in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­cluded the four of­fi­cers were in­volved in at­tempted sex­ual as­sault, en­gag­ing in lewd con­duct in pub­lic, as­sist­ing in the crime of pros­ti­tu­tion, ac­cess­ing the de­part­ment’s crim­i­nal data­base for per­sonal gain, and not re­port­ing al­le­ga­tions of a mi­nor hav­ing sex­ual con­tact with a po­lice of­fi­cer, Oak­land City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Sab­rina Lan­dreth told re­porters.

The al­le­ga­tions stem from a sex scan­dal in­volv­ing a teenage pros­ti­tute who was al­legedly in­volved with more than 30 uni­formed of­fi­cers across seven law en­force­ment agen­cies in the area.

In ex­change for sex, the woman has al­leged, the of­fi­cers of­fered her money and tips on when and where po­lice would be con­duct­ing sex stings so she could avoid ar­rest.

The woman, who is now 19, has said some of those sex­ual en­coun­ters with po­lice of­fi­cers oc­curred when she was a mi­nor.

“I want to send a clear mes­sage to the vic­tims of sex­ual abuse and sex ex­ploita­tion: We see you, we hear you, and we are here to help you,” Oak­land Mayor Libby Schaaf said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence. “And to those who ex­ploit these vic­tims and profit or take plea­sure in their pain: We see you, too.”

The al­le­ga­tions have sparked in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions in po­lice de­part­ments, sher­iff of­fices, and district at­tor­ney of­fices across the Bay Area, as well as a crim­i­nal probe by prose­cu­tors.

The al­le­ga­tions im­ploded af­ter one of the of­fi­cers al­legedly sex­u­ally in­volved with the woman while she was a mi­nor com­mit­ted sui­cide and left be­hind a note nam­ing other of­fi­cers en­gaged in the con­duct. Shortly af­ter the al­le­ga­tions were made pub­lic, Oak­land po­lice, the Con­tra Costa County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment, and the Alameda County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice placed em­ploy­ees im­pli­cated in the scan­dal on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave. Fac­ing in­creased scru­tiny over the al­le­ga­tions, three Oak­land po­lice chiefs were fired or re­signed within days.

On Wed­nes­day, Lan­dreth said a to­tal of 12 of­fi­cers have been rec­om­mended for dis­ci­plinary ac­tions, in­clud­ing the four uniden­ti­fied of­fi­cers who were fired.

Seven of­fi­cers were also rec­om­mended for sus­pen­sions, with­out pay, for fail­ing to re­port vi­o­la­tions of law, fail­ing to re­port al­le­ga­tions of a po­lice of­fi­cer hav­ing sex­ual con­tact with a mi­nor, ac­cess­ing the de­part­ment’s crim­i­nal data­base for per­sonal use, and bring­ing dis­re­pute to the de­part­ment. One of­fi­cer was re­ferred to coun­selling and train­ing, Lan­dreth said.

The of­fi­cers were not iden­ti­fied by city of­fi­cials be­cause Cal­i­for­nia law pro­hibits pub­lic of­fi­cials from iden­ti­fy­ing of­fi­cers’ per­sonal or dis­ci­plinary records.

Schaaf said prose­cu­tors are ex­pected to re­lease the re­sults of their crim­i­nal probe into the case in the com­ing days.

Prose­cu­tors will then de­cide whether to file crim­i­nal charges against any of the of­fi­cers who have been linked in the case.

The now19-year-old woman re­port­edly trav­elled to Flor­ida to un­dergo re­hab. But while there, KRON 4 re­ported that she was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of ag­gra­vated bat­tery, and for al­legedly so­lic­it­ing the ar­rest­ing deputies for sex.

Oak­land po­lice of­fi­cers in­volved in sex scan­dal.

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