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Celeste Guap claims she was flown to Florida for drug treatment by California police. Now she’s in jail on a $300,000 bond.
Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Sep. 2, 2016 5:00 pm
Something doesn’t sit right about the recent arrest of Celeste Guap, a 19-year-old California woman who’s now being held in a southeast-Florida jail. For the past year, Guap* has been central to a controversy involving officers from at least five Bay-Area police agencies, including Oakland, Richmond, and San Francisco. The daughter of an Oakland police dispatcher, Guap claims she had sex with more than two dozen cops—some while she was still under 18—in exchange for cash or protection from prostitution stings. The first officer she claims to have been involved with wound up killing himself last fall.
Last Friday, Guap—a resident of Richmond, California—checked into a residential detox facility in Stuart, Florida, for what her mother described as heroin addiction. Three days later, she was in the Martin County Jail facing felony charges for aggravated battery. Bail was set at $300,000.
Guap and her mother both told the East Bay Express that the drug-treatment was funded through the Richmond Police Department (RPD), an allegation that has raised eyebrows among people following the investigation into Guap’s prostitution claims (which include RPD officers). “I’m not saying rehab is a bad idea, but there are rehab programs here,” said civil-rights attorney Pamela Price, who is leading a call for the state to take over the investigation from individual agencies involved.
Talking to ABC-7 reporter Dan Noyes, Guap explained that the treatment money came from RPD’s victim’s compensation fund. “They said it was a paid vacation,” Guap told Noyes, “to consider it a paid vacation.”
How police, social services, psychologists, and other poverty pimps pimp young girls: the case of Celeste Guap, #celesteguap raises skirts, and eyebrows with those of us who know better.