Sixth Officer Charged in Police Sexual Exploitation Case

 (Andrew Stelzer/KQED)

Former Oakland police Officer Terryl Smith was formally charged in Alameda County Thursday with five misdemeanors for allegedly accessing confidential law enforcement databases and searching the name of a woman at the center of a far-reaching sexual exploitation case.

He's the sixth current or former peace officer to face charges that range from felony obstruction of justice and oral copulation with a minor to various misdemeanors. Alameda County prosecutors are still expected to file charges against a seventh defendant -- OPD Officer Warit Utappa.

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. But, according to the East Bay Times, the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office determined that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Smith for attempted forcible sodomy with the teenage daughter of an OPD dispatcher at the center of the case. The now 19-year-old woman, Jasmine Abuslin, was known at the time by the pseudonym Celeste Guap.

That alleged encounter on Feb. 1 in Richmond's Wildcat Canyon Regional Park came between Smith's second and third search of confidential police databases. He allegedly turned the search results over to Abuslin.

The Richmond teenager has said she had sex with some 30 law enforcement officers from at least seven Bay Area agencies, some before she turned 18. She has said all of the officers knew she worked in the sex trade and sometimes traded favors in exchange for sex, including tipping her off to prostitution stings and providing her with confidential police records.

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Civil attorneys representing Abuslin have filed legal claims against Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, Livermore and Alameda County seeking a total of $150 million in damages.

The case has resulted in firings and other discipline in several jurisdictions, including a quick succession of Oakland police chief departures in June. Alameda County is the only jurisdiction so far to bring criminal charges.

Smith was among a small group of officers who Abuslin said she had sex with while she was underage, according to the East Bay Express.

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced her intention to criminally charge Smith and six other current and former law enforcement officers on Sept. 9, and said her office's investigation uncovered potential crimes in other jurisdictions -- specifically San Joaquin, San Francisco, and Contra Costa counties. The Contra Costa District Attorney's Office released a statement six days later.

"Recently, we’ve been made aware of additional allegations of possible criminal conduct here in Contra Costa County," the statement says. "We’ve been working collaboratively with our law enforcement partners, and we are reviewing that evidence and those allegations."

The Contra Costa District Attorney's Office plans to announce the results of that investigation Friday.

Read Alameda County's criminal complaint and declaration of probable cause below:

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