OAKLAND (CBS SF) — An inspector in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday amid a sex scandal embroiling East Bay law enforcement officials.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is currently investigating a sex scandal in which law enforcement officials from multiple East Bay agencies, including the Oakland Police Department, allegedly had sexual relations with a woman, including while she was underage.
While the investigation remains active, the inspector was placed on administrative leave. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office did not specify what warranted their office to take that action nor did they disclose the name of the inspector who was placed on administrative leave.
Sources tell CBS San Francisco that the administrative leave may stem from crude comments posted to a Facebook page.
“Regardless of the setting in which we uncover human trafficking in our community, we vigorously enforce the law,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement released Wednesday night.
In the statement, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said:
“While it is our practice not to discuss pending investigations, I can firmly state that we do not and will not turn a blind eye to human trafficking or the sexual exploitation of a minor, whether the offender is a civilian or a law enforcement officer. The alleged conduct of the officers in this matter is not in line with what our office and the wider community feel is acceptable for those who are sworn to protect and serve. For years, we have been fighting to shatter the perception of children as ‘prostitutes’ and criminals undeserving of protection. These young people are victims of abuse. We have worked hard to educate the community about this issue that previously existed in the shadows.”
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office states that they are “committed to ensuring transparency” and will make their findings public following the completion of their investigation.
By Hannah Albarazi – Follow her on Twitter: @hannahalbarazi.