A scandal implicating a group of East Bay police officers who allegedly had sex with an underage prostitute apparently may have reached across the Bay into the already troubled San Francisco Police Department.
“We are aware of the investigation and are conducting a review to determine if any of our members had any inappropriate contact with the victim,” said San Francisco police spokesperson Sgt. Michael Andraychak.
While the department is aware of the ongoing investigations by East Bay law enforcement agencies, Andraychak emphasized that the SFPD is not currently investigating any officers in connection with in the scandal.
The department did not say what prompted the review.
Part of the department’s review could include searching the California Department of Justice’s crime databases to see if any San Francisco officers looked up the woman’s criminal history, according to a former internal affairs investigator who spoke on condition of anonymity.
While conducting such a search does not imply guilt, it could indicate which officers had contact with the woman. The review may also inquire into social media connections between the woman and officers.
According to media reports, the sex scandal centers on a woman known as Celeste Guap, now 18, who says she had sex with police officers who knew she was underage. Sometimes she was paid and on other occasions she says she had sex with them in part so they would protect her.
The East Bay Express reported that her interaction with the group of implicated officers began in February 2015 when she was 17. She was running away from a pimp on International Boulevard when an officer stepped in and gave her aid. That contact developed into a sexual relationship and soon the officer was passing her along to colleagues.
The East Bay Express reported that at least 14 Oakland police officers, three Richmond officers, four Alameda County sheriff’s deputies and a federal officer “took advantage of the teenager.”
The scandal has prompted investigations by the Oakland and Richmond police departments. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department said the deputies involved have since been cleared of any illegal activity.
In the past week the Oakland police chief resigned and his interim replacement was removed from his post.