OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy is the most recent law enforcement official to be placed on leave in connection to a sex scandal involving an underage girl and the Oakland Police Department.
Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmy Lee told CBS San Francisco Monday night:
“We are aware of the allegation against our employee and are awaiting the criminal investigation interview by Oakland PD. We will be conducting our own administrative investigation immediately. We take the allegation seriously and will not tolerate this alleged conduct by our employee, as we uphold the highest ethical standards. Employee has been placed on administrative leave.”
Earlier on Monday, the Oakland Police Department reported that a fifth Oakland police officer was placed on administrative leave amid the scandal.
On June 10th Oakland police Chief Sean Whent left the Oakland Police Department.
At least two of the five Oakland police officers placed on administrative leave following allegations of sex with a minor have resigned from the Oakland Police Department.
The woman believed to have been at the center of the sex scandal, and underage for at least part of that time, goes by the name Celeste Guap.
She told CBS San Francisco, on June 10th outside the Oakland Police Department, that she had sex with 14 officers from the Oakland Police Department, as well as five from the Richmond Police Department, three Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies and a Livermore cop. She says that while she was underage she only had sex with three officers — all from Oakland PD.
Guap didn’t mention having been involved with anyone from the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.
The sex scandal was uncovered during an investigation into Oakland police Officer Brendan O’Brien’s death by suicide in September 2015. O’Brien’s wife also died of suicide in 2014.
Guap said she met O’Brien while working as a prostitute on International Boulevard. She said the officers protected her and helped her avoid law enforcement raids in exchange for sex, but she said no money was ever exchanged with the police.
The names of the officers, and now the deputy, placed on administrative leave have not yet been publicly released.
By Hannah Albarazi – Follow her on Twitter: @hannahalbarazi.