Seven Oakland-Area Police Officers Charged in Sex Scandal

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Seven Oakland-area police officers have been charged in a sex scandal spanning several East Bay police departments, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office announced Friday.

Prosecutors say they conducted a "meticulous examination" of the massive amount of evidence they gathered for the case, including 2,899 pages of Instagram posts, 76,472 pages of communication on Facebook. 59,960 text messages, 6,069 images, 546 multimedia messages and 21 videos. The investigative team also conducted four separate interviews with the 18-year-old woman at the center of the scandal, said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley.

Investigators also consulted with authorities in San Francisco and Contra Costa County where sex acts between some officers and the 18-year-old were alleged to have occurred, O'Malley said.

The following officers were charged in the scandal:

Ricardo Perez, an officer with the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office, was charged with felony oral copulation with a minor and two counts of misdemeanor engaging in a lewd act in a public place. Perez has resigned from the sheriff's office. The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Dan Black, an officer with the Livermore Police Department, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor engaging in an act of prostitution and two counts of misdemeanor engaging in a lewd act in a public place. Black has resigned from the department. The Livermore Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

In addition, five Oakland Police Department officers were charged in the scandal.

Brian Bunton was charged with felony obstruction of justice and misdemeanor engaging in an act of prostitution. Warit Utappa was charged with misdemeanor knowingly and without permission conducting a search of an official criminal justice data and computer systems without an authorized purpose, and Tyrell Smith, who has resigned, was charged with four counts of the same charge.

Leroy Johnson, who has retired, was charged with one count of failure to report, and Giovani LoVerde was charged with felony oral copulation with a minor.

The Oakland Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment. The Alameda County District Attorney's office will not be filing charges against anyone else, O'Malley said.

It was unclear if any of the seven officers charged had obtained a lawyer or entered a plea.

"I do not take lightly the fact that police officers engaged in sexual contact or online sexual communication with a teenaged self-described sex worker," O'Malley said. "This prosecution is holding the wrongdoers accountable."

O'Malley also said that the district attorney's office will do "all it can to ensure that the young [woman] at the center" of the scandal "receives the services and help she deserves."

It has been "widely reported" that the woman went to a rehabilitation center in Florida, O'Malley said, adding that the district attorney's office did not make arrangements for or participate in sending her to Florida and that it "protested her removal from California."

In June, O'Malley announced that an investigation had been launched into the allegations of sexual misconduct. Public outcry followed the news of the sex scandal, she said. The month before, the Oakland Police Department had announced that it had launched an internal investigation into sexual misconduct involving three police officers.

The Oakland Police Department has started dismissal proceedings against the Oakland officers implicated in the case, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a press conference Thursday, according to ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco. Schaaf did note that some of the officers might have previously left the department.

The Oakland Police Officers' Association did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

The Oakland Police Department has experienced turmoil in the past few months, going through three police chiefs in less than 10 days in June as the news of the sex scandal came to light.

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Celebrities, politicians post tributes to comedian, activist Dick Gregory

Celebrities, politicians post tributes to comedian, activist Dick GregoryBrent N. Clarke/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The death of comedian and activist Dick Gregory at age 84 on Saturday prompted a flood of tributes on Twitter from celebrities, activists and others.

Jane Sanders recalled how her husband -- Bernie Sanders, Democratic senator from Vermont and former presidential candidate -- once spent a night in jail with Gregory after protesting segregation in Chicago.

RIP Dick Gregory, a good & brave man. He & @SenSanders spent the night in jail together for protesting Chicago segregated schools in the 60s https://t.co/pYpMU34eOx

— Jane O'Meara Sanders (@janeosanders) August 20, 2017

Democratic National Committee vice chairman Keith Ellison posted a photo of himself with Gregory. "Thank you for giving yourself to all of us," he wrote.

Dick Gregory, may God Bless you and Keep you. Thank you for giving yourself to all of us. pic.twitter.com/Z1dLIvYuBn

— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) August 20, 2017

Activist and writer Shaun King posted pictures of Gregory as a young man. "Rest in power, good sir," King wrote.

Because many of you probably only knew Dick Gregory as an older man, I wanted to show you these young images.

Rest in power good sir. pic.twitter.com/ZayInokcaJ

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 20, 2017

Singer John Legend called Gregory a "groundbreaker in comedy and a voice for justice."

Dick Gregory lived an amazing, revolutionary life. A groundbreaker in comedy and a voice for justice. RIP

— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 20, 2017

Some people posted excerpts from Gregory's memoir, "Callous on My Soul," such as when he wrote about a waitress in the South telling him that they "don't serve colored people."

White lady: We don't serve colored people here.

Dick Gregory: I don't eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken.

RIP Mr. Gregory😰 pic.twitter.com/t8dnuRJhBC

— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 20, 2017

Here is a sample of some other tweets paying tribute to Gregory and lamenting his passing.

Comedian Dick Gregory always told it like it is. Our laughter was fuel to fight for justice in an unjust world. RIP 1932-2017 pic.twitter.com/wpbdEkvny1

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 20, 2017

Marching w/ King. Sitting w/ Ali. Paving the way for our comedic greats. All while fighting for us.

Rest well Dick Gregory. #blkcreatives pic.twitter.com/GsfRTjHSuy

— #blkcreatives netwrk (@blkcreatives) August 20, 2017

He taught us how to laugh. He taught us how to fight.He taught us how to live.Dick Gregory was committed to justice.I miss him already. #RIP pic.twitter.com/3CfpM2O17D

— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) August 20, 2017

Rest In Peace to civil rights icon Dick Gregory. An inspiration. A hero. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/kIzeYMNjor

— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 20, 2017


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