66 million reasons Oakland regrets the day a teen prostitute stood her ground

Jasmine Absulin/Celeste Guap (Instagram)
Jasmine Absulin/Celeste Guap (Photo credit: Instagram – @guap.celeste)

Jasmine Abuslin, 19, claims to have had sex with nearly 30 police officers in the Bay Area, including Oakland and Richmond, and San Francisco, Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties.

Formerly known as Celeste Guap, Absulin is suing for $66 million claiming she was a sex slave and a victim of sex trafficking. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges Friday, Sept. 16 in the ongoing sexual misconduct case.


To date, seven current and former San Francisco Bay Area police officers will be charged in the sexual misconduct scandal. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley is awaiting Absulin’s return to California from Florida, where she was jailed for assaulting a guard at a drug treatment center where she resides.

O’Malley named the officers to be charged as former Contra Costa sheriff’s deputy Ricardo Perez (charged with oral copulation with a minor, which is a felony); former Livermore police officer Dan Black (faces misdemeanor counts of engaging in prostitution and unauthorized access of a confidential criminal justice database); Oakland police officers Brian Bunton (charged with felony obstruction of justice and misdemeanor engaging in an act of prostitution); Giovani LoVerde (charged with oral copulation with a minor which is a felony) and Warit Utappa; and former Oakland police officers Tyrell Smith and Leroy Johnson (all face misdemeanor counts of engaging in prostitution and unauthorized access of a confidential criminal justice database).


Officer Brendan O’Brien committed suicide after Abuslin started revealing details of the relationships with members of law enforcement on Facebook. Chiefs Sean Whent, Ben Fairow and Paul Figueroa cycled through the Oakland department in 10 days in June after the allegations were first reported in the media.

O’Malley only has jurisdiction in Alameda County. She also said the teen had friended “many, many” officers on social media and a large number of them engaged in sexually charged exchanges online, which were “morally reprehensible” but not crimes.

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