An 18-year-old prostitute is claiming she slept with 24 current and former cops from five California police departments, and the scandal is rocking the departments to the core.
The Richmond woman, who is going by the name “Celeste Guap” to protect her identity, told The East Bay Times that she slept with three officers before she turned 18. She said cops protected Guap and tipped her off to prostitution stings. She said she didn’t take money for sex with the cops but did sleep with a retired Oakland police captain for money.
Guap said many cops knew she was underage because they nicknamed her “juve,” short for juvenile. There is currently a criminal investigation into the allegations of sleeping with a minor.
“I think cops are fine,” she told The East Bay Times. “They’re cute and all, but it’s like one less officer that’s gonna arrest me.”
She also apparently bragged on Facebook about her encounters, saying “Calls me his Mrs Undercover … that’s cuz we always undercover,” followed by a police officer emoji.
Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent resigned Thursday citing personal reasons, but The East Bay Times alleges he was pushed out for mishandling the scandal. Five of his officers have been put on leave. The departments with accused officers include Richmond, Stockton, Livermore, Oakland, and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.
“We continue to be disgusted and outraged by the idea that anyone could abuse an underage victim of sexual exploitation – particularly those who have sworn to uphold the law and protect our communities; we are sickened to think anyone could even know of such abuse and not bring that information forward,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement. “Our highest priority is to hold those responsible for wrongdoing fully accountable and remove them from positions where they are offending the public trust.”
An investigation into Guap’s relationship with the Oakland police department began when one officer, Brendan O’Brien, committed suicide in September. He left a note exposing Guap’s relationship with certain cops. Since then, the scope of the scandal has grown to include several departments. Newly implicated departments are investigating the allegations.
“I thought ‘wow,’ [the officers] cared about me,” Guap told KPIX. “Thinking back at it, I do see myself as a victim because I do feel like I was taken advantage of … but, personally, I don’t have any bad feelings toward them.”
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