Alameda County

Former Oakland Police Captain Fired Amid Misconduct Investigation

A former Oakland police captain has been fired from his role as an Alameda County District Attorney's inspector after he was placed on leave as part of the expansive investigation into possible statutory rape, human trafficking and sexual misconduct by Bay Area law enforcement officials.

Ricardo Orozco retired from the Oakland Police Department last year and took on the role in the district attorney's office. But he was placed on leave after allegations surfaced of inappropriate text messaging with the woman at the center of the scandal.

"His appointment as an Inspector was withdrawn," district attorney's spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said today, but said she could not comment on the specific reason.

Drenick said she had no update on another inspector who was placed on leave a week earlier for allegedly being involved with the teen, who goes by the name of Celeste Guap.

The expansive investigation has reached numerous Bay Area law enforcement agencies.

At least three Oakland police officers have been placed on leave, two have resigned, a Livermore police officer has been placed on leave, two Richmond police officers have been reassigned and a Contra Costa sheriff's deputy has resigned.

Officers with the San Francisco police, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office and the federal Defense Logistics Agency have also been investigated in the course of the growing scandal.

The investigation grew from an Oakland police internal affairs investigation into the suicide of Officer Brendan O'Brien last September. As details started to leak out about the scandal, three Oakland police chiefs left the post in a week and the city remains without someone in the chief's position, with the department under direct control of City Administrator Sabrina Landreth.

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