Richmond cop placed on paid leave amid sex scandal probe

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Toddler discovered walking alone on Ohio Avenue in Richmond

A Richmond police officer was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday related to the ongoing sex scandal involving a local teen who was allegedly sexually exploited by dozens of law enforcement officials from multiple East Bay departments, according to Richmond police Chief Allwyn Brown.

The suspension of Officer Jerred Tong, who was previously removed as a school resource officer after being implicated in the scandal, will endure pending an investigation into his conduct, Brown wrote in an email to Richmond Mayor Tom Butt and City Manager Bill Lindsay.

Tong is one of five Richmond police officers — and about 30 officers and deputies in the East Bay — who were identified as allegedly having sexual contact with the young woman. None of the other four Richmond cops identified in the probe are on paid leave, however those who worked with youth have reportedly been reassigned. All the Richmond police officers reportedly had contact with her since she turned 18.

In an email to Richmond Mayor Tom Butt, City Manager Bill Lindsay and Councilmembers, Brown said the probe remains active and outgoing and preferred “not to have this investigation led by the news media.”

“We will not comment further,” he said, adding, “We understand the heightened anxiety that many are experiencing and we’re working hard to move things along as quickly as we can.

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