Thursday, May 19, 2016

CA: Police investigated over underage sex claims with teenage girl

AN underage sex scandal at a California police department is being investigated after several policemen were accused of having sex with the same teenage girl.

The internal affairs investigation into the Oakland Police Department revolves around Celeste Guap, who allegedly had sex with more than a dozen policemen starting when she was 16, sources told a local California news station.

Guap, who is now thought to be 18 or 19, started divulging details on Facebook suggesting she had sexual encounters with police — calling the relationships “harmless”, but insisted that she did not “snitch” on anyone.

This week, she posted on Facebook: “The only officer I ever messed with underage is sadly gone now, so I don’t know why this is still being brought up.”  That post is a reference to Brendan O’Brien, 30, an Oakland policeman who committed suicide in September last year — around a year after his wife’s death was also ruled a suicide, according to local news outlet KPIX5.

O’Brien had left a note before his death, which kicked off an internal affairs investigation, the station reports.

According to the East Bay Express, O’Brien’s wife Irma Huerta Lopez died in June 2014 and her death was investigated by homiscide detectives.  Lopez’s family believes O’Brien shot her and a coroner’s report seen by the newspaper said her death was “suspicious”.

The investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct was only opened after O’Brien’s death on September 25, 2015, the Express reports.

But sources say sexual misconduct had been ongoing since 2014 and alleged that investigators may have failed to properly look into the allegations.

Another investigation was later ordered by a federal judge, in numerous police officers admitted they had lied during the first one about their relationships with the teenage girl.

One policeman has reportedly now admitted having sex with Guap while knowing she was underage.  The officer, who has not been named, is facing a statutory rape charge in the criminal investigation that is also underway.

The current investigation involves three officers, police spokesman Johnna Watson said.  “We are entrusted by the community to protect it, to serve them and to uphold the law,” she told KPIX. “So we take the allegations very seriously.”

Guap has another connection to the department — her mother works there.

Just a few weeks ago, the teenager posted a picture of an Oakland police car after claiming to have been dropped her off near her home, writing: “Took me back to Richmond in style.”

She also shared a memory from a year ago late last week — a Facebook status in which she — alongside a police emoji — wrote: “Calls me his Mrs Undercover … that’s cuz we always undercover.”

Original report here

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