OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 8 (UPI) — Oakland will fire four police officers and suspend seven others without pay after their involvement in a sexual misconduct scandal that made national headlines, Mayor Libby Schaaf said Wednesday.
The four officers, whose names were not released, were all disciplined on various charges involving sexual activity with the teenage sex worker daughter of a police dispatcher, Schaaf said. The officers suspended were found to have helped cover up the misconduct.
An eighth officer has been recommended for counseling and will receive training for “bringing disrepute” to the department, city officials said.
“I want to send a clear message to the victims of sexual abuse and exploitation living in our city. We see you. We hear you, and we are here to help you,” Schaaf said at a news conference. “And to those who exploit these victims and profit or take pleasure in their pain, we see you too.”
The scandal began a year ago with the suicide of an officer involved with the teen. The girl later told the San Francisco Chronicle she’d had sex with 29 officers from multiple police departments over a two-year period.
As the case unfurled, two of the officers involved resigned, as well as three police chiefs.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley might announce criminal charges against the officers soon, the mayor said.