VIDEO: Oakland police officer arrested on prostitution and obstruction charges


OAKLAND (KRON) — An Oakland Police Department officer has been arrested, officials announced Thursday morning, according to Alameda County Chief Assistant District Attorney Kevin Dunleavy said.

Ryan Walterhouse, 26, was arrested on Wednesday after an investigation found that he was allegedly involved in the obstruction of justice and prostitution-related offenses, according to officials.

Walterhouse is charged with two felony counts of obstruction justice and one misdemeanor count of prostitution.

He was arrested after reporting to work at 9 p.m. Wednesday and is scheduled to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward on Friday afternoon.

Walterhouse posted bail and has been released from custody.

Dunleavy said Walterhouse is accused of tipping off a prostitute about police crackdowns against prostitution activity in East Oakland on Oct. 13 and 14.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf “I remain committed to ensuring that this police department is continually improving its policies and practices.” Mayor Schaaf said “it is incredibly disturbing that in light of what happened this summer any officer could think it was at all acceptable to engage in this type of behavior.”

The police department says the crime is not connected to the sexual misconduct case involving Oakland police officers and Jasmine Abuslin, or previously known as Celeste Guap.

Officials say once the investigation is completed, the case will be presented to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

Statement from OPD:

The Oakland Police Department takes all allegations of misconduct involving our employees seriously. We hold all of our employees to a high level of ethical and professional accountability and will not tolerate criminal behavior. Ensuring internal investigations are swift, fair and objective is our priority.

Statement from Oakland Police Officers’ Association:

Residents of Oakland:

Words cannot express how disappointed the members of the Oakland Police Officers’ Association are in hearing the news of a police officer recently arrested for inappropriate conduct.

This officer’s actions have no place nor are they condoned in any way by the police officers who work diligently to keep our Oakland community safe.

While we cannot ignore the blemish this kind of behavior has put on the Department and the embarrassment it has caused our entire community, Oakland’s police officers want our citizens to know that we remain committed to your safety, and to our honorable and diligent work to protect the Oakland community.

Sergeant Barry Donelan
President, Oakland Police Officers’ Association

Oakland Deputy Police Chief John Lois said the department began investigating Walterhouse several weeks ago after another officer came forward to report that Walterhouse had been engaging in illegal activity.

He said the investigation confirmed that Walterhouse was involved in obstructing justice and prostitution-related activities both on- and off-duty.

“The reaction from every level of the department is one of anger and disappointment,” Lois said.

But he said Walterhouse’s alleged conduct “does not define our organization.”

Lois said there’s no reason to believe that any other officers were involved with Walterhouse’s misconduct.

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