You can read the original story here:
Oakland Cops Go Family Style On Dispatchers Underage Daughter
The first update we made to the story here:
Update: 2 of 4 Officers In Oakland Underage Sex Scandal Leave Dept.
And a related piece on statutory rape here:
Statutory Rape Laws and the Oakland PD Underage Sex Scandal
Celeste Guap, which it turns out is not her real name, has now claimed to have had sex with dozens of officers from several local departments. While she maintains that she only had sex with three officers while underage, she has also admitted working locally as a prostitute, including having sex with an eighty year old retired police captain for $250.00. It is not yet known whether her other sexual trysts with dozens of officers were pro bono, or if they were pay to lay.
There is no doubt that officers knew of her sex work activity, however, as there is evidence indicating that on at least one occasion an officer texted her with the location of a prostitution sting.
Chief Sean Whent was forced to resign last Thursday under pressure from Robert Warshaw, a federal overseer assigned to the department in response to its decades long history of corruption and abuse. Guap, who says police recognized her juvenile status by nicknaming her ‘Juve’, had even opened up about some of the details last fall to Whent’s wife online.
Employees from several local law enforcement agencies have been named as sex partners and confidantes in the young woman’s ongoing confession. Although there is nothing illegal about her having sex with all of these men once she turned of age, it is still quite unsettling for a few reasons. The biggest have to do with her work as a prostitute. Even if the officers were not paying her money for sex, by providing her information about sex worker stings, they may have been paying her with information, while also putting the officers running those stings in potential danger. According to ‘Celeste’:
“They were my protectors. I didn’t have a pimp at the time. It did make me feel safer, having them.”
“They lied about knowing me or how much they were involved with me. I guess that’s what you are going to do to protect your job.”
The case is making waves at the federal, state and local level with officials stampeding to avoid or misplace any blame for allowing the events to continue for so long, especially given how open Celeste was with information and communicating details to several people who could have intervened sooner.
While the legal implications are staggering, the more telling issue for me is how distinctly this illustrates the culture of policing, and all of the criminality, immorality and privilege that comes with it. Police departments are often far closer to a fraternity than Mayberry, with all that is suggested by that, including an inculcated idea of superiority and privilege, as well as misguided overstatements of masculinity that manifest in violence and sexually predatory behavior – as this whole Oakland situation so clearly illustrates.