Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager 

'Based on the information shared through this story, it appears that this young woman was the victim of trafficking.'

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Orozco currently works as an investigator employed by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley.

Oakland Police Sergeant Byron Reed, who recently retired, also flirted with Guap on Instagram, according to social-media accounts reviewed by the Express. "We did flirt. We were actually getting to it, making googly eyes with each other," Guap said, but added that they never slept together.

She says she told Reed that she had slept with other police officers when she was seventeen. According to multiple sources close to the department, Reed has been previously investigated by internal affairs for improper conduct toward minors.

Not Just an Oakland Scandal

This sexual-misconduct investigation also extends to other East Bay law-enforcement agencies.

Guap disclosed in several interviews that she had sex with three Richmond police officers, including a lieutenant and sergeant.

The Express spoke to the accused lieutenant last week. He referred the paper to internal affairs, which has opened an investigation into "several" officers but declined to identify any of those suspected of misconduct or crimes.

Richmond Police Chief Allwyn Brown spoke to the Express and said that he didn't know if the information regarding the officers was true or not. "We are just now learning about the connection between several of our officers and the girl at the center of the Oakland Police Department scandal," the chief said.

Brown added that his department was informed of this connection by OPD investigators, and Richmond's own investigation only began last week.

Also, at least four Alameda County deputies also had sex with Guap. She said she had sex with one deputy in his personal automobile while his K-9 police dog sat in the back seat.

The Express has learned that the sheriff's internal affairs unit has been briefed about the new allegations, including the names of the accused deputies.

One deputy, Eric Chaloner, was briefly investigated by internal affairs last month, but was cleared of any wrongdoing.

The sheriff's office actually blamed Guap for not coming forward. "She never came to our agency with any sort of complaint," spokesman J.D. Nelson told the Express. "We had no way of knowing about this sort of conduct."

Another police agency never opened an investigation into one of its officers even after the Express contacted them multiple times. The Defense Logistics Agency, a branch of the U.S. military, operates a facility in Stockton. One of the police officers who guards the facility, William Johnson, contacted Guap just days after KRON 4 ran the first news story about the OPD sex scandal.

"He requested me on [Instagram] and we started talking," Guap said. She added that it was strange that Johnson contacted her after the police sex-crime scandal became public.

The Express obtained copies of Instagram messages confirming Johnson's contact with Guap and attempted to contact him through Instagram last month. He subsequently deleted his account.

Why the Chief Was Fired

This sex-crime scandal first surfaced after the suicide of officer O'Brien in September 2015. A few days before the officer killed himself, Guap informed Leroy Johnson, an Oakland police sergeant and close friend of her mother, that she had been seeing O'Brien since she was seventeen, according to multiple city sources. It's unknown if Johnson informed internal affairs about O'Brien's conduct with a juvenile.

Johnson, who has since retired from the department, declined to answer questions and referred us to his attorney, who did not return calls.

OPD policy requires supervisors and officers to immediately report any misconduct as soon as they become aware of it.

Guap says she told multiple officers and sergeants that she had sex with OPD officers while she was underage.

Multiple city sources say Whent was forced out last week by Independent Police Monitor Robert Warshaw, who is responsible for overseeing OPD's progress with its thirteen-year-old federal reforms. Warshaw hand-selected Whent to run the department in 2013 because Whent was seen as an incorruptible Boy Scout committed to implementing court-ordered reforms.

But Warshaw recently learned that Whent's wife, Julie, knew of Guap's relationship with O'Brien as far back as June of last year, according to multiple sources.

Guap said Julie Whent reached out to her online. She claims that she told the chief's wife last year that she had been sleeping with O'Brien since she was a minor. Warshaw did not become aware of O'Brien's death, and the relationships O'Brien and other rookie officers had with Guap, until he was tipped off earlier this year.

This March, Warshaw discovered that Whent also knew about O'Brien's sexual relationship with the underage girl, and that the investigation had been mishandled. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson, the ultimate authority overseeing the department's federal reforms, wrote in a March 23 order that there were serious "irregularities" and "potential violations" that occurred in the investigation. Sources with the city and inside law enforcement say Warshaw put OPD Deputy Chief John Lois in charge of the sexual-misconduct investigation — and ordered Lois not to report to Whent, but directly to him.

Whent's failure to hold his officers accountable, and the subsequent actions taken by Warshaw, demonstrate a massive lapse in OPD's internal-accountability system, which was supposedly rectified by the federal court.

Jim Chanin, one of the attorneys who helped bring the original suit behind Oakland's federal court oversight, said it's clear that OPD command knew about the scandal since at least September of last year. "That's ample time to start taking some action on this, but they didn't," he said.

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