3 More Bay Area Law Enforcement Officers Charged in Sex Scandal
An Oakland police officer and a former Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy were formally charged with sex crimes Monday stemming from allegations made by a teenage trafficking victim who has said she slept with dozens of Bay Area law enforcement officers, according to court records.
Giovani LoVerde, 34, and Ricardo Perez, 28, were both charged with felony oral copulation with a minor and would be forced to register as sex offenders if convicted, according to court documents released by the Alameda County district attorney’s office.
Perez also faces two charges of engaging in lewd conduct in public. Another Oakland police officer, Brian Bunton, 40, was charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly leaking information about planned prostitution raids to the teenager in exchange for sex.
Two other officers were formally charged with crimes linked to the scandal last week, and two more are expected to be charged, according to the district attorney’s office.
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