OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - The parents of the teenager at the center of the Bay Area police sex scandal, Jasmine Abuslin, are speaking out about their daughter, but did not want to discuss the case with KTVU.
Abuslin is back in California at an undisclosed location trying to get on a new path in life, but her parents who are no longer together both told KTVU’s Henry Lee on Thursday that they want what’s best for her.
Abuslin, formerly known as Celeste Guap, is a key witness against at least seven current or former law-enforcement officers accused of exploiting her.
Some officers have been charged with having sex with the one-time self-described call girl while she was underage.
Last month, Richmond police helped facilitate a trip to rehab in Florida for Abuslin, but she was arrested and pleaded no contest to battery for biting a rehab worker.
Attorneys have filed a $66 million claim against the City of Oakland. Other claims, which are precursors to lawsuits, are expected against other jurisdictions.
Her father, Henry Abuslin, spoke off camera. “I love her with all my heart. She knows all that,” he said.
He didn’t want to get into the specifics about the case. KTVU also reached Abuslin’s mother, Monica Cedillo, an Oakland police dispatcher, by phone. She also said she couldn’t speak about the case as she is still a city employee.
She did say that she wants her daughter to, “trust real love.”
KTVU asked Cedillo to respond to critics who have wondered what she’s doing to help her daughter.
“The people that have been in my shoes, I expect them to understand what I’m going through. Everyone else; have a little empathy, because you have been very down at some point in your life,” Cedillo said.
On Friday, Oakland Police Officer Brian Bunton will be in court to answer to charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and engaging in prostitution.
He’s one of five current or former officers formally charged by the Alameda County District Attorney.
The D.A. says Bunton warned Abuslin in a text message about an undercover prostitution sting and received a sex act as compensation.