Oakland Firing Four Officers in Sex Misconduct Scandal

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An investigation into sexual misconduct at the Oakland Police Department that began with an officer’s suicide a year ago ended yesterday with the firings of four police officers and suspensions of seven others, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. City Administrator Sabrina Landreth said the officers are being disciplined in connection with the scandal involving a 19-year-old sex worker who calls herself Celeste Guap. Officials have said some officers had sex with Guap, the daughter of an Oakland police dispatcher, in some cases when she was a minor.

Mayor Libby Schaaf would not disclose the officers’ names, saying state confidentiality laws barred it. In addition to the officers who face dismissal and suspension without pay is an officer who was referred to counseling. Landreth said some of the officers have already left the department, but the findings will be placed in their personnel files. The announcement ended an investigation that roiled City Hall and coincided with the abrupt departures in June of three police chiefs, including Oakland’s Sean Whent, a veteran credited with improving the department. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley is expected to decide soon whether to file criminal charges against the officers. The mayor said she was “deeply sorry for the harm this incident has caused.”


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