Following a community outcry, two of the Richmond police officers implicated in the ongoing sex scandal involving a local teen have been reassigned and will no longer work with local youths pending the outcome of the internal police investigation.
Richmond Mayor Tom Butt announced Saturday in his online forum that Lt. Andre Hill has been removed from his assignment as manager of the Youth and Special Services Division, and Officer Jerred Tong has been removed as a school resource officer. Butt said Tong voluntarily stepped down as an advisor in the police department’s youths Explorers program. He also worked as a resource officer at Lovonya DeJean Middle School.
The East Bay Times reported that a Contra Costa sheriff’s deputy resigned and a Livermore police officer was placed on leave last Thursday as part of the widening investigation into the sex scandal involving the young woman, who is using the alias Celeste Guap to maintain her anonymity. In total, five Richmond police officers, a public information officer and two school resource officers have been identified as having sexual contact with the young woman since she turned 18.
Along with Tong and Hill, Guap claimed to have sexual contact with Richmond Officer Terrance Jackson, who was a resource officer at DeAnza High School when Guap was a student. The East Bay Times reported Butt had no information about Jackson’s status or whether he was still working with students.
The Times reported that Guap also claimed to have had sex with two Richmond sergeants, Mike Rood and Armando Moreno. Police Chief Allwyn Brown said last week that none of the five officers have been placed on leave.
The scandal first involved officers in the Oakland Police Department and quickly grew to other agencies as strings of improper texts between the woman and law enforcement officers were revealed. The Richmond youth advocacy group RYSE Youth Center was among those local agencies calling for the involved officers to be removed from their positions working with youths.
In a July 1 statement, Brown said he was legally prevented from providing details until the department’s investigation is completed.
“Police officers are held to a higher standard with regard to both their personal and professional behavior because the nature of their duties requires the public’s trust,” Brown added in his statement. “Integrity is indispensable to the position of police officer. We are taking these matters seriously and we will take decisive action on any police conduct that carries harm to the public service.”