Bay Area city moves to fire 3 more officers in sex scandal

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area city announced Sunday that it is firing three more police officers implicated in a sex scandal involving a teenage girl that has embroiled several local law enforcement agencies and led to criminal charges.

Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay said he determined four of the 11 officers identified in the investigation should be fired. The officers’ names were not released.

City officials previously said they were seeking to fire one officer.

“The discipline I am implementing is more stringent than that recommended during the initial stages of the review process,” Lindsay said in a statement. “It is my belief that the actions in question have no place in a city department that has worked hard to become a national model for community policing.”

The 19-year-old woman at the center of the scandal — the daughter of a police dispatcher — says she worked as a prostitute and exchanged sex with officers for money or protection from arrest. She says she has had sex with more than two dozen Northern California officers, several before she turned 18.

The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify victims of sex crimes.

Alameda County prosecutors have charged five current and former officers from three different agencies in the case, including three Oakland police officers.

No Richmond police officers are facing criminal charges. Lindsay said five of the other seven officers implicated in the investigation by Richmond police will receive official reprimands, and two left city employment for unrelated reasons before the investigation began.

The four officers the city is seeking to fire can challenge the decision.

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