OAKLAND, Calif. — Prosecutors in the San Francisco Bay Area say they will charge seven current and former officers in a sexual misconduct case. Here’s a look at some key details around the case:
WHO IS THE WOMAN AT THE CENTER OF CASE?
The 19-year-old woman, who says she worked as a prostitute, says she informed internal affairs investigators months ago that she had sex with three Oakland police officers and a Contra Costa County deputy before her 18th birthday. In all, she said she has had sex with about 30 law enforcement officials, mostly during the past year. She said she received money during a few encounters and often traded sex for protection from arrest and tips on prostitution stings
HOW DID IT COME TO LIGHT?
One of the three Oakland officers accused by the teen committed suicide in October, leaving behind a note discussing having sex with the woman. The two other Oakland officers and the Contra Costa County deputy have resigned.
WHAT CONSEQUENCES DO OFFICERS FACE?
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said dismissal proceedings have begun for four Oakland officers, seven will serve a range of unpaid suspensions before being allowed to return to duty and another will be required to attend training classes. Two officers implicated in the scandal previously resigned. A third killed himself last year. Six Richmond police officers and several others working for other law enforcement agencies have also been implicated. On Thursday, a Livermore police officer who had been on administrative leave resigned after seeing the results of his department’s investigation.
WHO ARE THE OFFICERS?
The officers who will be charged are: former Contra Costa Sheriff’s Deputy Ricardo Perez; former Livermore Police Officer Dan Black; Oakland Police Officers Brian Bunton, Giovani LoVerde and Warit Utappa; and former Oakland Police Officers Tyrell Smith and Leroy Johnson.
The officers face charges of felony oral copulation with a minor, felony obstruction of justice, engaging in a lewd act in a public place, engaging in an act of prostitution, and other lesser misdemeanors.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said she will file charges against seven former and current San Francisco Bay Area officers in connection to the scandal. The woman was admitted to a drug treatment center in Florida.