OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - New details were revealed Thursday about the young woman who's at the center of a sex scandal involving several Bay Area law enforcement agencies.
The 19-year-old who used to be known as "Celeste Guap" and has described herself as a sex worker in the past, was released from a jail in Florida on Wednesday.
The young woman now wants to go by her real name, Jasmine Abuslin. (Note: KTVU does not generally identify victims of sex crimes but is using Abuslin's real name based on statements from her attorney.)
Abuslin's attorneys spoke in Oakland at 11 a.m. Thursday saying, "Jasmine is safe and she expresses her sincere thanks and gratitude to not only the people in the Bay Area, but to the people across the country and the world who have offered their prayers, support and compassion as she transcends this ordeal. She is a new lady and is committed to a new course of conduct."
Attorney Bonner said Abuslin will receive major psychiatric treatment under the direction of Dr. David Spiegal, the head psychiatrist at Stanford. Bonner adds Abuslin will go to school to get her GED adding "she's a very smart lady. She spells every word in the dictionary correctly." She hopes to become a veterinarian.
Abuslin wants the spotlight to be kept on the officers who were "engaging in a criminal enterprise," according to her attorneys.
Her attorney says the officers are engaging in a conspiracy to sex traffic girls under the age of 18. "This is totally not example in our city... in our country," said her attorney Charles Bonner.
"Public safety requires public trust. We have to know that the police are going to protect and serve. When a young girl is running away from a pimp on the street or trying to flee a life of exploitation and violence and fear - she has to know that when she goes to a police officer, he's not going to take her to the back of the police car. That he's not going to take her to a room. That he's not going to tell her about his buddy who's interested in having sex with her. That's not what we pay police officers to do," said Price. They added they know Jasmine was not the only one.
She adds our law enforcement officials became aware of this and covered it up.
According to her attorneys Abuslin was persuaded to go to Florida. Attorney Bonner says Abuslin claims she's not a drug addict although she has dabbled in drugs. They told her "it would be like a vacation, she needed to go to rehab - she had a drug problem - this would be the best place to go. It would be like a vacation," said Civil rights attorney Pamela Price of Oakland. When Abuslin arrived, someone had her name on a piece of paper, according to her attorney and she was taken two hours away to the facility.
Abuslin's attorneys are calling her stay at the rehab facility "false imprisonment." They say she wanted to call her dad for several days, and was never allowed access to the phone.
Since Abuslin voluntarily entered the rehab facility she should have been able to voluntarily leave, according to her attorneys. When Abuslin tried to leave, she claims she was surrounded by a group of people and injected with an unknown substance.
That's when the incident of the assault occurred. Previous reports said Abuslin assaulted a security guard. According to her attorneys, she actually assaulted a person who was trying to restrain her by putting her in a bear hug.
As part of a plea deal following the incident at rehab, Abuslin wrote a letter of apology to the security guard.
"During the entire incident, and transport, Abuslin was attempting to solicit sex from deputies," according to the affidavit. Her attorneys did not mention any solicitation of sex during the incident.
Abuslin signed her no-contest plea form with a smiley face and hearts. She was released from a jail in Martin County, Florida after reaching a plea agreement.
Price claimed Abuslin has been engaged in this lifestyle since she was 12. Her attorneys say police officers from various agencies took advantage of her.
Members of the Richmond Police Department helped secure funding to send Abuslin to rehab, and the department has been criticized for the move since a number of officers in that city have been implicated in this scandal. Price said they selected the facility in Florida, and it was not an appropriate facility for Abuslin.
Abuslin says she's had sex with at least 30 officers from various East Bay agencies - including Richmond and Oakland - at times while underage.
She's the key witness in the criminal case against seven current or former officers.
The Alameda County district attorney can now move forward with formal charges with Abuslin coming back to the Bay Area.
A lawsuit will be filed on Abuslin's behalf, according to her attorneys.