Berkeley's Sgt. Mary Kusmiss Regrets Stoking High School Prostitution Hype
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But in reality, police received no more than three cases from the high school last year, and just two during 2011, Kusmiss says.
"I do take some responsibility for how the piece was reported as I received some information hastily to accommodate the interview, statistics that take time to wade through, and misinterpreted them," Kusmiss wrote in a statement. "The referrals from [Berkeley High School] were not correct."
So Kusmiss used this as a chance to correct herself, saying police actually receive two referrals a month about youth prostitution from citizens and Child Protective Services -- not the high school. In 2011, Berkeley police investigated and confirmed one case of child exploitation and prostitution.
Kusmiss says the department is trying to move on from this incident. "This is an unfortunate situation that the City of Berkeley Police Department would like to close the chapter on/move on from," she wrote. "BPD has enjoyed a mutually respectful and understanding, good relationship with KTVU 2 TV."
Consider the record set straight.
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