California police sexual misconduct probe sparked by suicide

California police sexual misconduct probe sparked by suicide

OAKLAND, Calif. – Police say an investigation into allegations that officers committed sexual misconduct with a minor began after an officer committed suicide.

Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent said at a news conference on Friday that the suicide investigation prompted the sexual misconduct probe, although he did not say how.

Whent also confirmed the sexual misconduct probe involves allegations that a minor was involved.

City officials said the district attorney’s office will investigate the officer’s suicide, the suicide a year earlier of his wife and the sexual misconduct allegations. The allegations have prompted the department to put three officers on administrative leave.

Whent declined to say whether other officers have been implicated, only saying the investigation was ongoing.

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