The East Bay teenager at the center of a police sexual misconduct case was released from a Florida jail on Wednesday -- free to testify against police officers charged last week with exploiting her when she was a minor.
Nineteen-year-old Jasmine Abuslin -- previously known publicly as Celeste Guap -- appeared in a Martin County, Florida, court to plead no contest to a misdemeanor count of battery. The charge grew out of an altercation at a drug treatment facility to which she'd been sent by law enforcement officials in Richmond, a move that itself is the subject of controversy.
Abuslin has reportedly told investigators that while working in the East Bay sex trade, she had sexual contact with as many as 30 law enforcement officers. Those officers were members of seven different agencies, apparently including the police departments in Oakland, Richmond, Livermore and San Francisco and the sheriff's offices in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Last Friday, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced her office was bringing charges against seven men, including five Oakland police officers, one from Livermore and a sheriff's deputy from Contra Costa County. The charges include oral copulation with a minor, engaging in an act of prostitution, obstruction of justice and unauthorized access to law enforcement computer systems.
Abuslin's attorney, Pamela Price, said that in addition to helping her client through criminal proceedings against the accused police officers, she and fellow lawyer Charles Bonner plan to sue the seven jurisdictions believed to be involved in the case. She said she also hopes that state and federal agencies will take over the investigation into sex trafficking involving police officers.