A Northern California prosecutor said Friday that he's charging a retired police captain with misdemeanor soliciting a prostitute, but found no other criminal conduct within his jurisdiction in a wide-ranging police sexual misconduct case involving more than two dozen officers.
The retired captain is being charged with a misdemeanor violation of soliciting a prostitute. The cases that Peterson reviewed, and decided not to charge, include Smith, four Richmond police officers, two San Francisco police officers a Contra Costa County Sheriff's deputy and another Oakland police officer. But on Friday, Peterson said none was found after reviewing 19 separate interviews of the teen conducted by six law enforcement agencies.
A Northern California district attorney's office plans to announce the results of an investigation of several police officers implicated in a sex scandal involving the teenage daughter of a dispatcher.
Smith resigned from the Oakland Police Department in May, right around the same time OPD internal affairs investigators brought a more serious case to prosecutors in neighboring Contra Costa County. The officer killed himself in September 2015.
"It is offensive, I believe the system has failed her, I believe these officers failed to protect her like they were supposed to", said Senior Deputy District Attorney Paul Graves.
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The investigation into the sexual misconduct roiled the Oakland Police Department, which cycled through three police chiefs in under two weeks over the summer until city officials took over leadership of the scandal-ridden agency. The victim has said that she engaged in sex with police officers for money or for information about police activities. She also said she traded sexual favors for tip-offs of prostitution stings and protection from arrest. "According to her, all of those encounters were when she was over the age of 18". But Peterson said it would be hard to win a conviction because the deputy's argument that he thought she was older is a "complete defense". The name of the retired officer was not announced, and NPR generally does not name individuals who are the alleged victims of sexual assaults.
Civil attorneys representing Abuslin have filed legal claims in against Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, Livermore and Alameda County seeking a total $150 million in damages.
A DA statement, sent Thursday, announcing a news conference to be held at 11 a.m. Friday, provided no details, including whether the officers would be charged or not.
The announcement came along with news that six officers from nearby Richmond police department will not face charges after being investigated for their involvement with Absulin.