Oak­land of­fi­cials bun­gled po­lice sex probe, fil­ing says

State in­ves­ti­ga­tor crit­i­cizes mayor and ex-agency chief for play­ing down scandal.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - As­so­ci­ated press

SAN FRAN­CISCO — A court-ap­pointed Cal­i­for­nia in­ves­ti­ga­tor has blamed Oak­land’s mayor and the city’s for­mer po­lice chief for mis­han­dling and down­play­ing a sex­ual mis­con­duct scandal in the city’s Po­lice De­part­ment.

In­ves­ti­ga­tor Ed Swan­son in doc­u­ments filed in court Wed­nes­day put much of the blame on for­mer Po­lice Chief Sean Whent but also sin­gled out Mayor Libby Schaaf for fail­ing to mon­i­tor the case af­ter she vowed dra­matic re­forms.

Swan­son’s re­port faulted po­lice for fail­ing to launch a se­ri­ous in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a teenager’s state­ments she had sex with as many as two dozen of­fi­cers start­ing when she was 16.

The city paid the vic­tim al­most $1 mil­lion to set­tle her le­gal claims.

Seven cur­rent and for­mer of­fi­cers face crim­i­nal charges.

Schaaf ’s spokesman, Michael Hunt, did not im­me­di­ately re­turn a tele­phone mes­sage seek­ing com­ment on the re­port Wed­nes­day.

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