OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A former Livermore police officer has pleaded not guilty to five misdemeanor counts in connection with a sexual exploitation scandal that has rocked several Bay Area law enforcement agencies.
Daniel Black, 49, didn’t appear at his brief hearing in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland because he only faces misdemeanor charges, which are two counts of engaging in prostitution, two counts of performing lewd acts and one count of giving alcohol to a person under 21.
Judge Tara Flanagan set Black’s bail at $15,000 and scheduled a pretrial hearing for him on October 24.
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The victim in the sexual exploitation scandal, Jasmine Abuslin, the former sex worker who previously identified herself by the name “Celeste Guap”, is now seeking a total of more than $100 million in damages from multiple jurisdictions.
The teen, who is the daughter of an Oakland police dispatcher, is now 19.
Alameda County District Attorney Inspector Jim Taranto wrote in a probable cause statement that on April 8 and 13 Black arranged to pick up Jane Doe as Abuslin is being identified as in court documents, near her home in his motorhome, taking her to dinner at a Berkeley restaurant on April 8 and to an Albany restaurant on April 13.
Taranto stated that when the conversation at the Berkeley restaurant turned sexual, Black said, “Just to be clear, I’m not paying you, but I will buy you dinner.”
Black and the girl later engaged in sexual activity in the motorhome in a parking lot visible from the street.
Retired Oakland police Sgt. Leroy Johnson, who is charged with a misdemeanor count of failing to report suspected child abuse in September 2015 after the teenager told him in a Facebook message that she had engaged in sex with other Oakland officers, was scheduled to be arraigned at the Fremont Hall of Justice today but his arraignment was postponed until Oct. 19.
Last Friday, former Contra Costa sheriff’s deputy Ricardo Perez, 28, pleaded not guilty to a felony count of oral copulation with a minor and two misdemeanor counts of engaging in lewd conduct in public for allegedly having sex about 10 times with the alleged victim in a secluded area near Fish Ranch Road in the Oakland hills.
Oakland police Officer Brian Bunton, 40, pleaded not guilty on Sept. 23 to felony charges of obstruction of justice and engaging in prostitution.
Oakland police Officer Giovanni LoVerde, 33, was scheduled to be arraigned last week on a charge of sex with a minor, but his arraignment was postponed until this Friday because his attorney was out of town.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley is also expected to file charges against former Oakland police Officer Terryl Smith, who resigned in May and is expected to face four misdemeanor counts of conducting a search of official criminal justice data without an authorized purpose.
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