A teenage prostitute, who allegedly had sex with 30 officers, sparked a sexual misconduct scandal across five Californian police departments.
Once the secret was out, 14 Oakland Police Department officers resigned in nine days, including three chiefs.
There were also two suicides as a result of the trysts with the blonde badge bunny, which caused the scandal to unravel.
Oakland police officer Brendan O'Brien shot himself on September 25, 2015, and left a suicide note revealing details of an affair with a teenager.
An 18-year-old sex worker, who calls herself Celeste Guap was questioned following O’Brien’s death, and admitted to “dating” and having a sexual relationship with the cop when she was underage.
"He was really depressed and our relationship wasn't a secret anymore and he would've lost his job," Guap said.
She met O’Brien when she working the streets of Oakland, being chased by a pimp.
"He saved me when I was 17," Guap told CNN.
"Instead of taking me to jail, we just kind of started something there, you know."
She said she never meant to bring the department down and only fessed up because investigators came to her asking questions after O'Brien's death.
"I feel guilty, but at the same time they knew they were doing something wrong too, so I can't take the full blame," she said.
O’Brien’s suicide came 15 months after his wife Irma Huerta Lopez took her own life on June 16, 2014.
She said she initially lied to investigators to avoid “drama” but they found the evidence they needed in her phone, linking her not only to a sexual relationship with O’Brien, but also with dozens of other officers.
Some of the officers allegedly paid her with money, others paid her with tip-offs about prostitution stings in her area.
The daughter of a police dispatcher, Guap told ABC news she began prostituting herself at age 12 and had her first sexual encounter with a police officer came when she was 16 – who she said was a friend of her mother’s.
The word got out about the teenager’s interest in uniformed men and she begun receiving text messages from other officers at the Oakland Police Department, leading to more dalliances.
She admitted to having sex with “more than 30” officers, including street cops, sergeants, captains and a police dog handler.
Her list included 16 cops from the Oakland Police Department, six from Richmond, three from San Fransico, one form Livermore, four Sherriff’s deputies from Alameda County and one from Contra Costa, plus an officer from the U.S. Military's Defense Logistics Agency.
In the wake of the sex scandal, Oakland Chief of Police Sean Whent, who had come from the department's Internal Affairs division, suddenly resigned.
Several Oakland officers and one each from the Contra Costa County and district attorney's office have been placed on leave pending the investigation. Two Oakland officers have resigned.
The Alameda County Sheriff cleared its four deputies involved in the scandal, on the grounds the sex was consensual, no money was exchanged paid, and she was 18 at the time, ABC reported.
If the allegations of prostitution and underage sex are proven true, officers involved could face charges of statutory rape, solicitation of prostitution, and potentially sex trafficking.
The Oakland Police Department has not publicly commented on the scandal.
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