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Oakland Cops Uncover Dead Colleague's Fling With Underage Sex Worker, Make Sure to Get Her Number for Themselves

"Buying a teen for sex is child abuse," warned Oakland city billboards as its police force passed around a teenager for sex.

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The young woman at the center of a scandal shaking multiple California police departments has revealed new and damning facts about the situation. Celeste Guap, 18, claims to have had sex with more than 30 Bay Area police officers in exchange for cash, tips about upcoming prostitution stings, and protection from prosecution. Things allegedly started when she was still a minor and met Oakland officer Brendan O'Brien in the course of fleeing an abusive pimp.  

According to Guap, she and O'Brien began having sex in February 2015. "We [would] tell each other you're my only, you know, like that, but he knew what it was," she told ABC 7 in a recent interview. O'Brien's wife had died the previous year in what had been ruled a suicide but some suspected O'Brien of being involved in. 

Guap told the TV station that in September 2015, she celebrated her 18th birthday by traveling to Puerto Rico, where she found herself alone in a "rough area" and called O'Brien for help. He didn't pick up. She threatened to expose him for sleeping with her when she was still 17 and, when he still didn't respond, she did it, sending a text to a commanding officer at OPD detailing her relationship with O'Brien and several other OPD officers. She then sent a screenshot of the text to O'Brien. 

A few hours later, O'Brien committed suicide. 

"Guap appears to have some guilt about this, and perhaps some anger toward the dozens of other officers who contacted her for sex over the ensuing months," SFist reports

I don't know about you, but if my colleague had killed himself after being threatened with exposure by a teen sex worker, my impulse would be, at least, to avoid her. OPD officers, however, thought otherwise. Not only did those alerted to O'Brien and Guap's relationship not report it, they began allegedly contacting Guap—the daughter of an OPD dispatcher—for sex themselves. Guap said she eventually began sleeping with cops from neighboring areas, too, including Alameda County and San Francisco. She turned over an array of cell phone records to various departments to corroborate her claims. 

Since these allegations came out, two OPD officers resigned and three more were placed on administrative leave pending investigation. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office investigated four offiers, but determined that because Guap was 18 at the time they slept with her and they did not pay her in cash, no wrongdoing was involved. 

In total, Guap claims to have slept with 32 members of local law enforcement, although she claims only three paid her. The rest she slept with for information and protection from arrest, said Guap, who mostly did street-based sex work. 

I don't mean to deny Guap's agency, but when your choices are have sex with someone or get thrown in jail… It might not be rape as we commonly think of it, but it's sure as hell—if nothing else—an abuse of authority. It's coercion. And it's a direct result of the criminalization of prostitution, a system that seems to benefit no one but corrupt cops and violent sex traffickers. 

While all of this was happening with Guap, the Oakland and Alameda County police departments were very public crusaders against prostitution. In the first six months of 2014, Oakland police made 295 arrests related to prostitution and conducted 30 prostitution stings. "We don't have a lot of resources," said OPD Luitenenant Kevin Wiley at the time. "But the ones we have, we dedicate 110 percent." 

The city even ran billboards featuring the mugshots of men who were arrested for attempting to pay for sex. Another series of recent Oakland city billboards featured slogans such as: "Buying a teen for sex is child abuse. Turning a blind eye is neglect." 

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54 responses to “Oakland Cops Uncover Dead Colleague's Fling With Underage Sex Worker, Make Sure to Get Her Number for Themselves

  1. Turning a blind eye is “neglect?” I think in some jurisdictions it would be considered criminal.

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  2. O’Brien’s wife had died the previous year in what had been ruled a suicide but some suspected O’Brien of being involved in.

    Let me guess, she shot herself seven times with a bolt-action rifle.

    1. It couldn’t be him, then. That’s not department issue. Case closed!

  3. I don’t know about you, but if my colleague had killed himself after being threatened with exposure by a teen sex worker, my impulse would be, at least, to avoid her.

    ENB, sometimes we idiot men don’t always make the best decisions when there’s totty involved.

    1. Except the pictures of her I saw were not all that flattering. If I was a cop, I’d hold out for something a bit higher shelf than that.

      1. Me too, but some will just look at it as a blowjob is a blowjob.

        1. She looks like a bangin fuckmachine.

          1. Front or back door???

      2. Haven’t seen many cop wives, have you Jimbo?

        1. My wife’s best friend is a cop wife. She’s pretty hot and just got a nice new rack, courtesy of the taxpayers.

          1. My stepson’s dad is a cop. His wife is OK looking, but man she’s a bitch. She makes Kyle’s mom look nice. Then again, she’s married to a control-freak who routinely uses violence to get his way. So she’s got to be a bitch. With a good dose of cunt mixed in as well. They’re perfect for each other.

          2. In my book, you can have a nice rack, or a new rack, but not both.

        2. “If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife…”

          1. Now, if you must marry, take care she is old —
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  4. I don’t know about you, but if my colleague had killed himself after being threatened with exposure by a teen sex worker, my impulse would be, at least, to avoid her. OPD officers, however, thought otherwise.

    Years of training that you’re above consequences will have an effect.

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          1. I’m not sure if I believe the article though. It placed white women as having bigger breasts than non-whites. Just my personal experience, but I personally see a lot more black and hispanic women with bigger breasts than white women. However, that could be personal bias on my part, since I find darker women significantly more attractive than white women.

            1. but I personally see a lot more black and hispanic women with bigger breasts than white women

              Maybe that’s from breast feeding? Or surgery?

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  6. Stories like this remind me that, while i may be imperfect, at least i’m not a whore-mongering cop who probably murdered his wife.

    (pats self on back)

    1. Man. You set a low bar. Like really low. Like halfway to China low.

      1. I also refilled the ice tray yesterday. I’m very socially-conscious.

        1. You, uh, filled it with potable water right?

          Right?

          1. What is this, a comments section of a health inspection?

    2. So are you are whore-mongering cop or did you murder your wife??????

  7. Buying a teen for sex is child abuse,” warned Oakland city billboards as its police force passed around a teenager for sex.

    Heh, nobody *buys* a teen for sex – you *rent*.

    And they didn’t even pay her, so its all good, *technically*.

    And as we all know, *technically* correct is the best kind of correct and, of you’re a cop, as good as being in the right.

    What’s that saying? ‘Close enough’ is only horsehoes, hand grenades, and police innocence rulings.

    1. It would seem that maybe, just maybe, trading inside police information on up-and-coming busts to known criminals could be considered a crime?

      Or is that something they’re allowed to do as long as it’s the daughter of a co-worker?

      1. You can’t prove it without video, and you can’t tell the whole story from a video.

        So, probably not once they get done “investigating.” It’ll just be another in that long list of isolated incidents and bad apples.

  8. I’m an Oakland resident so I’ve been following this since the beginning. About a month ago when this first broke she was saying that she had only slept with one cop, but now is saying that she slept with almost every cop in the East Bay. Shouldn’t that be a credibility issue? Which story is the real one?
    And what kind of Mom works as a police dispatcher and let’s her daughter walk up and down International Blvd at night? Why hasn’t anyone looked at the mother?
    Local politicos are trying to tie this to the previous mayor (Jean Quan), and her rush to fill the already troubled department with more officers. Almost all of the cops involved with OPD had been on the job less then 3 years.

    1. “Why hasn’t anyone looked at the mother?”

      Because being related by blood to a prostitute is not a crime? (unless of course you cohabitate with a prostitute relative, in which case “trafficking” laws would make you a “pimp” & a felon)

      Seriously, though. Transactional sex shouldnt be a crime at all, & the reason the police involved in sleeping w/ this yound lady should be investigated / indicted is because they are accused of raping her under color of law & because of the girls age. Also, because police destroy the lives of countless johns & prostitutes & – if true – this behavior represents the height of corruption & hypocrisy.

      Using a badge to coerce teens into sex is disgusting.

      1. Totally agree with you on all points. I guess I’m just wondering why no media outrage at mom.

      2. Being the mom of a teen who is getting cops in trouble just has to be a crime.

        It just has to…

    2. Why hasn’t anyone looked at the mother?

      Do you not know aristocracy works?

      1. I guess not. I keep foolishly having hope that we don’t have an aristocracy, and I’m always let down.

  9. “Since these allegations came out, two OPD officers resigned and three more were placed on administrative leave pending investigation. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office investigated four offiers, but determined that because Guap was 18 at the time they slept with her and they did not pay her in cash, no wrongdoing was involved.

    In total, Guap claims to have slept with 32 members of local law enforcement, although she claims only three paid her. The rest she slept with for information and protection from arrest, said Guap, who mostly did street-based sex work.”

    Is alerting known criminals to sting operations in exchange for sex somehow not wrongdoing? Boy, apparently the two who resigned just made a massive mistake considering it’s wrist slaps all around. Bonus points considering this chica was one of their own dispatchers daughters. You just can’t make up shit like this.

  10. wether prostitution is legal or not bad cops will use any method of manipulation against someone they may want something from, drugs, sex or money the prostitution was just a means in this case not the cause.
    That said legalize drugs and sex and that will take away opportunities. but have you never heard of cops letting women out of speeding tickets for sex?

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