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Lewd Acts and Prostitution Among Charges for California Cops—If Alleged Victim Gets Out of Florida Jail

"If we don't have a witness," said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, "we can't prosecute these cases."

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Seven California police officers will be charged in conjunction with a wide-reaching sexual-misconduct investigation, at the center of which sits Celeste Guap. The 19-year-old claims to have slept with 32 Bay-Area officers, beginning when she was 17 years old, in exchange for cash, protection from prostitution stings, or running police background checks on people she knew.

Last Wednesday, the city of Oakland announced that four of its officers had been fired and seven put on unpaid leave related to their relationships with Guap or their role in covering up colleagues' relationships. On Friday, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley reported that seven area officers would face criminal charges, including five (current and former) Oakland cops, a former Livermore police officer, and a former Contra Costa County Sheriff's deputy.

The Sheriff's deputy, Ricardo Perez, will be charged with one count of felony oral copulation with a minor and two counts of committed a lewd act in public, said O'Malley at a press conference. The Livermore police officer, Dan Black, will be charged wit two counts of engaging in an act of prostitution and two counts of committing a lewd act in public.

Oakland Officer Brian Bunton will be charged with one count of engaging in an act of prostitution and one count of felony obstruction of justice. His colleagues, Giovani LoVerde and Sgt. Leroy Johnson, will be charged with felony oral copulation with a minor and failure to report sexual misconduct against a minor, respectively.

Oakland officer Warit Uttapa will be charged with one count of searching a criminal justice system database without authorized purpose, and Terryl Smith with four counts of the same. O'Malley said Smith also engaged in sexual activity with Guap but it happened outside the county's jurisdiction.

"I am grateful to District Attorney Nancy O'Malley's office for agreeing to conduct a parallel and independent criminal investigation in this matter," said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff in a statement. "The results of both the administrative and criminal investigations make it clear that misconduct will not be tolerated."

That sentiment might be more convincing, however, if Guap hadn't been flown to Florida for drug-addiction treatment on the state's dime and then, while there, booked in county jail for aggravated battery with bail set at $300,000. According to the Martin County Sheriff's Office, Guap was brought in after biting a security guard at the treatment facility.

Contra Costa County Senior Deputy District Attorney Doug MacMaster said it was "ludicrous" to think the Richmond Police Department—which helped Guap apply for money from the state's Victim Compensation Fund, and also includes several deputies implicated by Guap—had intentionally tried "to squirrel her out of state."

But as long as Guap remains out of state, Alameda County can't proceed with the prosecutions of Black, Bunton, Johnson, LoVerde, Perez, Smith, and Uttapa. So far none of the men have been arrested and no charges have been filed.

"If we don't have a witness," said O'Malley at a press conference Friday, "we can't prosecute these cases."

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    1. Well, that’s why it says “According to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office…”

      1. Allegedly according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

  1. Of * course* she was spirited out of California to prevent her from talking more.

    1. Yeah. This doesn’t seem even slightly in question.

  2. “If we don’t have a witness,” said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, “we can’t prosecute these cases.”

    You forgot the part where she then winked broadly at the cops standing just to her left and added, “Hint, hint.”

    1. Isn’t that what the judge said in the movie Tombstone after Curly Bill shoots the town sheriff ?

      Can’t have a murder without a witness

      1. Thanks for the spoiler, asshole.

        1. There should have been a trigger warning.

        2. I think the half life on Tombstone is way beyond spoiler alert territory.

  3. Prosecution cant proceed as long as she stays in jail because people in jail are never allowed to leave jail to testify in court.

    1. What? Do you think the State of California is just made of plane tickets? Those are tax dollars you’re talking about, buddy.

      1. Webcams are $20, and I’m sure the Florida prison already has a webcam somewhere in the building…

    2. And Guap’s the only possible witness they have – it’s not like there’s anybody they could lean on and induce to agree to testify in return for immunity or something. That’s why you’re better off killing the clerk when you rob the liquor store – with no witness to testify there’s no way they can prosecute you no matter how much evidence they have.

      1. The other people they could lean on are either cops or in similar relationships with cops as Guap.
        As long as the cops know the prosecutor has their backs, why would they roll?

  4. Illary just had pneumonia, everyone. SHE JUST HAS PNEUMONIA!!!
    There is absolutely no reason to discuss her stumbling–and she definitely stumbled; she did not, quote-unquote, “collapse”, you tinfoil-hat-wearing buffoons.

    1. damn your fast fingers…..i logged on to say this.

      It will come out that the pneumonia story is another lie; an attempt to cover up the truth about her medical condition.

      1. “We can know talk about the health issues because we’ve deemed it acceptable as long as we can control how it is portrayed. Thank you, WAPO, AP, NBC, ABC”.

      2. Of course it will.

        I said long ago everything about her save one is a lie. She wears contact lenses to fake her eye color for fuck’s sake.

        The only thing true about her is something she won’t say outright; the Mao/Stalin suits. It is a signal and not a very subtle one. It’s just one that Americans find too outrageous to believe.

        So there you have it. The only true thing she says is the one thing most people don’t believe.

        1. Speaking of Mao suits, did you see Krugman’s column this morning? He said Russia “isn’t particularly leftist.”

          1. I don’t know enough about current Russian politics except that they are very statist, collectivist, and strong-arm authoritarian. I equate all of those things with leftism. Besides, if Krugtard says they aren’t particularly leftist then they are probably pretty far left.

            1. Here are several essays from Russians about Russian politics.

              Obviously not the final word on the issues, but worth a read if you have the time.

        2. The betting odds for Trump on RCP went up 6% in the last 18 hours. This is serious.*

          *Of course that could be because he’s on her ass in every single swing state and every one of them is within the MOE. Add that to the fact that he outperformed all of his polls in the primaries and she underperformed all of hers and you have a recipe for a landslide.

          1. The MOE is irrelevant, he will not win unless his numbers are outside the Margin of Fraud.

      3. Those blue lens sunglasses Clinton was wearing appear to be Zeiss anti-seizure lenses for people who have epileptic seizures when exposed to flashing lights. Considering how their story changed yesterday, I’m sure there’s a lot more to Clinton’s health than she’s letting on. She may actually not be lying about having lost several years of memories to her head injury…which begs the question of how serious her mental disabilities are.

  5. There are no drug-addiction treatment centers in California. Or Oregon, or Washington, or Arizona, or Nevada…

  6. The Oakland Mayor called the officers behavior “misconduct”. Not criminal, not dsigusting abuse of power. Just misconduct. Like speeding or making a right turn without stopping.

    1. And try to tell people there’s a double standard regarding cops, and people will act like you’re crazy.

    2. The legal definition for misconduct is “passing around an underage, heroin-addicted prostitute like a church collection plate while arresting and shaming others who pay for sex.”

    3. Police cannot engage in criminal behavior because the law does not apply to them. Only policy applies.

  7. Today I learned that “the agent of consent in California is 18. It is illegal for anyone to engage in sexual intercourse with a minor (under 18), unless they are that person’s spouse.”

    1. Who knows what is hiding in all of the dark crevasses in that landscape of horrors?

      I am almost tempted to ease up on her out of pity, but then I remember what a vile, vicious person she is, the litany of her crimes and the legal and moral crimes she has promised to commit if she is elected. So, fuck her with a chainsaw.

  8. Meanwhile your leading not-Trump just pulled a standing t-Rex into a parking barrier 14 hours ago.

    Look Reason those cocktail invites ain’t coming back. You of all peoples should know that the Proggies are gonna blame everyone but themselves if old Weekend at Hillary’s corpse isn’t propped up at the inauguration. You don’t have to join the winning team, but at least stop carrying water for the losing one….bitches

    1. Shut up, teabagger. your entire story is false and you know it.

      It was 22 hours ago.

    2. Lmao, “Weekend at Hillary’s”. That’s gold.

  9. But as long as Guap remains out of state, Alameda County can’t proceed with the prosecutions of Black, Bunton, Johnson, LoVerde, Perez, Smith, and Uttapa. So far none of the men have been arrested and no charges have been filed.

    What an unfortunate coincidence.

    1. Thats right Hugh. That is why you are never dragged into court to testify. You stay in your home state and all of the crimes you have committed/witnessed were in other states. Because no one is ever required to leave a state or jail to testify in court.

  10. Contra Costa County Senior Deputy District Attorney Doug MacMaster said it was “ludicrous” to think the Richmond Police Department?which helped Guap apply for money from the state’s Victim Compensation Fund, and also includes several deputies implicated by Guap?had intentionally tried “to squirrel her out of state.”

    Agent Gibbs does not believe in coincidences.

  11. RE: Lewd Acts and Prostitution Among Charges for California Cops?If Alleged Victim Gets Out of Florida Jail
    “If we don’t have a witness,” said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, “we can’t prosecute these cases.”

    TRANSLATION: ” We’re overjoyed the witness is in jail so we can all cover our asses. We will talk to our government peers in Florida to ensure the witness never sees the light of day just to make sure. But that’s one of many perks we have working for the government. We can do anything we want and get away with it.”

  12. This little tart is hardly a victim. That said, the cops are incredibly stupid.

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