Celeste Guap charged with battery after biting guard in rehab

Celeste Guap, arrested for aggravated battery. (Courtesy the Martin County Sheriff's Office)

MARTIN COUNTY, Florida (KRON)—Florida authorities have charged Celeste Guap with battery after she attacked a guard in rehab and offered her a plea deal.

She has been charged with a single charge of misdemeanor battery, according to an assistant state attorney in Florida.

Guap is the teenager at the center of a sex scandal that has led to seven current and former Bay Area police officers being criminally charged.

The wide-ranging scandal surfaced in June when the teenager  said she had sex with about 30 law enforcement officials in Oakland and elsewhere in the region.

IN DEPTH COVERAGE: SEVEN OFFICERS CHARGED

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said Friday she was waiting until she’s certain the teen can be returned to California before filing charges against the officers.

Guap was jailed in Florida on suspicion of assaulting a guard at a drug treatment center where she was living.

O’Malley criticized the Richmond Police Department for helping arrange for the teen, now 19, to stay at the center on the other side of the country, saying her unavailability could hurt the prosecution if she is unable to testify.

The teen has said she had sexual encounters with six Richmond police officers and two dozen other law enforcement officials, including some from Oakland, during the past two years.

Richmond Police Chief Allwyn Brown and department spokesman Lt. Felix Tan didn’t return phone calls and emails seeking comment.

The teen said she had sex with four officers before she turned 18 and sometimes traded sex for protection from arrest or tips about planned prostitution stings.

O’Malley identified the officers to be charged as former Contra Costa sheriff’s Deputy Ricardo Perez; former Livermore police Officer Dan Black; Oakland police Officers Brian Bunton, Giovani LoVerde and Warit Utappa; and former Oakland police Officers Tyrell Smith and Leroy Johnson.

Guap has no court date set at this time.

 

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