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2 Oakland police officers in court on sex charges

Two more Oakland police officers were arraigned Friday on sex-crime charges that critics say fit a pattern of inappropriate behavior that has embroiled law enforcement agencies across the Bay Area and outraged community leaders.

Officer Giovanni LoVerde, 33, was charged with felony oral copulation with a minor, a case that is connected to an extensive police misconduct investigation involving a sexually exploited 19-year-old Richmond woman. Officer Ryan Walterhouse, 26, who was arrested earlier this week, was hit with two felony counts of obstruction of justice and one count of engaging in prostitution.

Both men, who remain employed by the Oakland Police Department, pleaded not guilty to the charges in the Hayward Hall of Justice and were ordered to cut off all communication with the women with whom they allegedly had inappropriate contact.

Alameda County prosecutors have accused seven current and former East Bay law enforcement officials, including LoVerde, of crimes related to contact they had with the teenager, whose mother is an Oakland police dispatcher.

Investigators said that Walterhouse, who is engaged, had paid a different woman — a prostitute — for sex Oct. 1 in a Castro Valley motel and twice warned her about undercover prostitution stings.