On Thursday, Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent resigned amidst multiple sexual misconduct allegations in his ranks. At this point, it had been reported that the OPd is being investigated for sexual misconduct by some low-ranking officers, including alleged sexual encounters with an underage girl. Four officers have been put on leave while the city conducts its investigation, of which tow have resigned.
But according to an investigation conducted by the East Bay Express, published on Friday, these allegations extend to high-ranking officials from several departments around the Bay Area.
From the Express’s report:
The Express has learned that the sexual-misconduct scandal involves more than just a few rank-and-file Oakland cops, but also high-ranking officials from departments throughout the Bay Area. A few committed statutory rape of the victim, who was an under-age sex worker at the time, and informed her of undercover police operations.
Multiple city sources told the Express that Independent Police Monitor Robert Warshaw, who is tasked with oversight of OPD reforms, forced Whent to resign as a result of these allegations.
But the official OPD and city government narrative differs. At a Friday press conference, Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Administrator Sabrina Landreth cited “personal reasons,” as the motive for Whent’s resignation.
The alleged victim at the heart of the scandal, who goes by the name Celeste Guap, revealed to the Express that a retired Oakland police captain solicited her for sex when she was still underage and paid to have sex with her when she turned eighteen. The captain, who collects a $125,000 yearly pension from the city, confirmed these details with the Express, which did not reveal his identity for health reasons after he sent them a phone message saying, “Please don’t publish my name. I will die. I have a heart condition.”
Whent will be replaced temporarily by current Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) deputy police chief Benson Fairow, after heading the OPD for a little over a year.