OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) — An Oakland Police Department officer has been arrested, officials announced Thursday morning.
Ryan Walterhouse was placed under arrest 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.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf “I remain committed to insuring 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