Celeste Guap, 19, a teen-prostitute is at the center of a scandal within the Oakland police department after claims she had sex with officers while she was a minor. There have been multiple reports in the Bay Area that have named Celeste Guap, 19, as the girl who was allegedly victimized by up to three cops. Reports show that in a now-deleted Facebook post, Guap reguarded her relationships with the officers as “harmless” and did not consider herself a snitch since she didn’t tell on anyone.
Shocking new allegations reveal that not only did at least 24 police officers sleep with the same prostitute, they also tipped her off about undercover operations in her area of operation.
These affairs started while she was in her early teens. She is reported to have had an affair with Officer Brendan O’Brien was found dead in September 2015.
Reports indicate that the alleged abuse is said to have begun when Celeste Guap was 16. On May 10, she wrote on her Facebook page, “The only officer I messed with underage is sadly gone now so idk why this s**t is still being brought up.” It is reported that Guap met the officers in question on social media.
Celeste Guap Officer Brendan O’Brien
Reports state that Guap is referring to Officer Brendan O’Brien in her message. He committed suicide in September 2015 at age 30. His death came a little over a year after his wife, Irma Huerta Lopez, 29, was found dead in June 2014. His sister-in-law says that the reports Lopez committed suicide were wrong. The family believe that O’Brien had killed his wife. She added, “Why were there two shots if she killed herself?” Referring to the two shell casing that were found near Lopez’s body. Officer O’Brien’s suicide note “included information about the alleged sex crimes.”
The Cops at the Center of the Latest Scandal
Celeste Guap, a Richmond resident, said she slept with three of the 24 officers — all from Oakland’s police department — before she turned 18 last August.
Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent speaks during a March 2015 community meeting. Whent resigned earlier this week.
She also said that two Oakland officers provided her confidential police information, including tips on scheduled anti-prostitution stings, and a retired OPD captain in his 80s paid $250 to have sex with her in a dingy San Pablo Avenue motel.
Police Chief Whent resigned on June 14, 2016
Guap met the officers as an exploited minor caught up in sex work, said she didn’t lie about her age to them.
“A lot knew I was underage because they nicknamed me ‘juve,’ which is short for juvenile,” she said.
In perhaps the most surprising allegation — Guap said she also talked via Facebook last June to his wife, Julia Whent. the wife of the police chief Sean Whent.
Julia Whent, she said, knew “I was dating an officer” but never asked if she was underage. Those conversations occurred months before the department’s federal overseer, Robert Warshaw, became aware of the allegations.
Multiple sources said Warshaw the federal overseer pressured Whent to resign on Thursday, furious over his handling of the case.
The scandal is a crippling blow to a department that has struggled for decades to win the trust of residents and has been under federal oversight for 13 years in part because of failures to adequately hold officers accountable for misdeeds.
“To think that officers were engaged in the sexual exploitation of a child: It’s heartbreaking,” City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney said. “And if it’s true, it’s criminal, and they should be prosecuted.”
Guap said she slept with five Richmond police officers, including a lieutenant and two sergeants, four Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies, one Livermore officer and a law enforcement worker based in Stockton.
Richmond police Chief Allwyn Brown said, his department recently learned that “several” officers communicated electronically with Guap, but so far it appears she was 18 or older at those times.
“We have more questions than we have answers,” Brown said, adding that the investigation is just beginning. “We have no tolerance for unethical behavior or misconduct.”
“If Guap had sex with our officers and it was legal, then we will not pursue any type of investigation,” Kelly said. “If our officers paid for sexual services with Ms. Guap, then that would be illegal and unethical.”
Anthony Ribera, a retired San Francisco police chief, said he would have conducted an investigation to determine whether Guap had been exploited.
“The big question is did they use their authority as police officers to get her to engage in sexual favors,” he said. “Would they have had the same relationship if they were Joe the corner custodian?”
Guap, whose mother is an Oakland police dispatcher, said she began selling herself on the streets of Richmond at age 12. A pimp later moved her to Oakland’s infamous sex trafficking hub on International Boulevard.
It was there that she met Officer Brendan O’Brien, whom she said protected her when she was running from her pimp. Guap said the two began a sexual relationship, and others soon followed.
“They were my protectors,” she said. “I didn’t have a pimp at the time. It did make me feel safer, having them.”
She said that Officer Terryl Smith, one of the two officers who resigned from the department earlier this year, gave her arrest records and other confidential information. Smith, she said, had a mattress in his off-duty car, and they had sex inside it about once a week for three months after he finished his shift at 2 a.m. Smith could not be reached for comment on Saturday.
Another officer, who never gave her his name, tipped her off to undercover prostitution stings, according to text messages Guap shared with Bay Area News Group. Under the screen name “Superman,” the officer wrote, “Want some advice? Stay off E14 from Fruitvale to 42 (nd Avenue) tonight. There’s a UC (an undercover) operation.”
Police opened up an Internal Affairs investigation after Officer O’Brien committed suicide last September and left a note naming officers involved with Guap.
Warshaw learned of the suicide and sex allegations several months later, and his boss, U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson, issued an order in March blasting the department’s handling of the investigation.
The irony of Whent’s downfall is that three years ago, Warshaw had pushed him for the chief’s job because of his stellar record overseeing the department’s troubled Internal Affairs division.
It was said Whent should have been more upfront with Warshaw from the beginning and people have questioned what role his wife’s online conversations with Guap may have played in his departure.
“If his wife is involved in something like this, he should have disclosed it right up front and stepped away from the investigation immediately,” Burris said. “If he had done that, I think he would have been fine.”
Guap didn’t provide many details about her conversations with Julia Whent other than that the chief’s wife mentioned that one of her daughters was interested in becoming a dispatcher, like Guap’s mother.
With the investigation still ongoing, Guap said she has been disappointed in the officers’ statements to police officials. “They lied about knowing me or how much they were involved with me,” she said. “I guess that’s what you are going to do to protect your job.”