• October 5, 2022

Oakland Police Scandal Blows Up: Underage Prostitute Claims Sex With ‘Dozens’ Of Officers

OAKLAND — The Oakland police sex scandal is ricocheting across the East Bay as the woman at the center of it now says she had sex with two dozen current and former officers from five departments — from Richmond to Livermore. And sources say that Oakland police’s botched handling of the investigation is what precipitated Chief Sean Whent’s sudden departure this week at the behest of the federal monitor overseeing the department.

In a telephone interview on Saturday, Celeste Guap, a Richmond resident, said she slept with three of the 24 officers — all from Oakland’s police department — before she turned 18 last August.

She also said that two Oakland officers provided her confidential police information, including tips on scheduled anti-prostitution stings, and a retired OPD captain in his 80s paid $250 to have sex with her in a dingy San Pablo Avenue motel. The captain and several other officers named by Guap did not return calls for comment.

 Guap, whose real name this paper won’t publish because she met the officers as an exploited minor caught up in sex work, said she didn’t lie about her age to them.
 “A lot knew I was underage because they nicknamed me ‘juve,’ which is short for juvenile,” she said.
 In perhaps the most surprising allegation — one that might help explain Whent’s sudden dismissal as chief — Guap said she also talked via Facebook last June to his wife, Julia Whent.
 Julia Whent, she said, knew “I was dating an officer” but never asked if she was underage. Those conversations occurred months before the department’s federal overseer, Robert Warshaw, became aware of the allegations.

Multiple sources said Warshaw pressured Whent to resign on Thursday, furious over his handling of the case. No one answered the door at Whent’s home in Brentwood on Saturday afternoon.

The scandal is a crippling blow to a department that has struggled for decades to win the trust of residents and has been under federal oversight for 13 years in part because of failures to adequately hold officers accountable for misdeeds.

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