Celeste Guap

Celeste Guap

New allegations surface against SFPD officer investigated for link to sex worker

A San Francisco police officer under investigation for his possible connection to a sex-trafficking scandal that rocked East Bay law enforcement agencies in recent weeks allegedly had sex and did cocaine with an underage sex worker, the San Francisco Examiner has learned.

Celeste Guap, the now 18-year-old sex worker from Richmond at the center of a growing scandal involving numerous law enforcement officers — some of whom reportedly had sex with Guap while she was underage — made the latest allegations against the officer in question during a phone call last week with the Examiner.

Guap initially told the Examiner in a July 15 story she had consensual sex with Officer Rodger Ponce De Leon, but changed her story after speaking with an Internal Affairs investigator with the San Francisco Police Department, who, according to Guap, said that her phone records showed she’d first became involved with Ponce De Leon when she was underage.

Guap says she turned 18 in August 2015.

“The phone records show that [Ponce De Leon] picked me up when I was still 17,” Guap said. “Ponce would visit me in hotels when I was working.”

Ponce De Leon has since been transferred to a position at the SFPD with no public contact, pending an investigation.

SFPD’s Internal Affairs Department-Criminal Investigations Unit is investigating the alleged incidents, which means Ponce De Leon could face criminal charges.

Ponce De Leon, via the department’s media unit, said he did not want to comment on the case.

Guap said Sgt. Nicole Jones, an investigator with the IAD criminal unit, contacted her recently about three San Francisco officers Guap claims she had sex with. Guap said the dates in which she had contact with Ponce De Leon were initially wrong, because she knows so many officers, but said Jones corrected that error.

Guap also said she used cocaine on occasion with Ponce De Leon.

Jones did not return a call for comment.

“There were drugs used,” Guap said, specifically noting the pair used cocaine in Ponce De Leon’s personal car. “He had some himself. He took it out.”

De Leon was a lateral hire from the Oakland Police Department in August 2014, and, according to Guap, was one of the officers she first met in Oakland.

“I hooked up with Ponce first, and he threw me over to [other] Oakland [cops],” Guap said.

In June, the East Bay Express reported that Guap’s interaction with a group of implicated officers began in February 2015, when she was 17. Guap was reportedly running away from a pimp on International Boulevard in Oakland when an officer intervened, according to the Express. That contact reportedly developed into a sexual relationship, and soon the officer was passing her along to colleagues.

SFPD, which declined to comment specifically on Ponce De Leon, has admitted there is an investigation underway into possible connections between its officers and the scandal roiling Oakland.

“This is an active ongoing investigation. We cannot comment,” said police spokesperson Sgt. Michael Andraychak.

SFPD Deputy Chief Mikail Ali previously told the Examiner he, too, was contacted online by Guap. Guap and Ali both said their contact did not go beyond the Facebook messages they exchanged.

According to a report from KQED, Guap contacted approximately 20 other officers from San Francisco.

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