The year-old Richmond teenager, who ly used the name Celeste Guap and now goes by Jasmine, testified that Bunton coached her on how to be a better prostitute and warned her of what she thought was an imminent undercover police operation. Her appearance at the Hayward Hall of Justice marked the first time she testified in a case related to a wide-ranging prostitution scandal that rocked Bay Area police departments last year.
Jasmine said she met Bunton in February when she got lost on the streets of Oakland at night and Bunton was on duty as an Oakland police officer. She said that he encouraged her to continue soliciting men around 40th Avenue.
She testified that Bunton took her cell phone and deleted their text message conversation before they engaged in oral copulation. The visibly nervous teen vomited into a trash can on the witness stand after describing the sex acts.
She also said that during that encounter, he joked about her sex advertisement on the classifieds website Back. He left the hotel about an hour later and texted her which streets to steer clear of to avoid undercover police officers conducting a prostitution sting. But Lt.
During subsequent texting conversations — copies of which Oakland detectives obtained amid an internal-affairs investigation — Bunton asked Jasmine how much money she made. Farrell implied that Bunton may have heard about a different police action and mistaken it to mean a prostitution sting. She described recent operations in which undercover laameda had been stabbed, shot at or nearly run off roadways by pimps when their covers were blown.
Jasmine is the daughter of an Oakland police dispatcher and worked as a prostitute for about six years before meeting Bunton, at which time she escorrte She told The Chronicle that she had sex with 29 law-enforcement officers in the Bay Area. She said some of the interactions happened when she was underage. Some of the officers paid her, she said, and others tipped her off about undercover operations or ran the names of people she knew through law-enforcement databases.
Two have taken plea deals.
Jasmine said she found out that Bunton and another Oakland police officer with whom she was having sex, Terryl Smithwere talking about her and their interactions with her — which the teen said made her worried. That was shortly before internal-affairs investigators initiated their wide-ranging misconduct ecsorte.
Smith was one of the six men charged.
Kimberly Veklerov is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. : kveklerov sfchronicle.
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