Alameda County District Attorney Public Accountability Unit Levels Criminal Charges At Three Law Enforcement Officers 

They Are Among the First Employees Charged By The New Alameda County Unit 

Oakland CA – Three County employees are facing felony criminal charges in three separate cases, ranging from falsification of records to performing sex acts on a minor under 16 years old. The law enforcement officers have been charged by the Alameda County Public Accountability Unit, created by District Attorney Pamela Price in January 2023.  

Nicole Perales, 50, has spent more than two decades as a Juvenile Institutional Officer in the Alameda County Probation Department since 2001. She is accused of unlawfully participating in an act of oral copulation with a minor under the age of 16, whom she met when he was in custody at the Alameda Juvenile Justice Center and while he was under her supervision and care in violation Penal Code Section 287(b)(2). The conduct allegedly took place from August 27, 2004 through August 26, 2005. As an employee who works with children in the criminal justice system, Perales is characterized as an officer in “a position of trust.” She also faces charges of willfully and unlawfully performing a lewd and lascivious act upon the same child, who was 15 years old during that time period in violation of Penal Code Section 288(c)(1). 

If the Public Accountability Unit (PAU) secures a conviction against Perales for these offenses, she could face up to three years and eight months behind bars. Perales also would be required to register as a sex offender throughout the rest of her life.  

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sheri Baughman, 49, and Deputy Amanda Bracamontes, 30, are charged with committing falsification of records in connection with a suicide at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in violation of Government Code Section 6200.  

On April 3, 2021, Vinetta Martin hung herself with a bedsheet in her cell. The deputies were supposed to conduct direct visual observation checks every 30 minutes on Ms. Martin. Ms. Martin was a “special management inmate” who told staff she was planning to commit suicide three weeks before her death. Ms. Martin was discovered unconscious and slumped on the floor. She was pronounced dead at Stanford Valley Care Medical Center in Pleasanton.   

Deputy Baughman and Deputy Bracamontes are accused of doctoring the logbooks to make it appear as though they followed the procedure for direct visual observation. Video evidence shows that they repeatedly failed to check on Ms. Martin for extended periods, sometimes as long as one hour and 47 minutes, contrary to their certifications.   

Ms. Martin had been in custody since July 5, 2020, when she was arrested for an alleged assault. On July 24, 2020, the court declared a doubt about whether she was competent to stand trial and suspended the criminal proceedings. At the time of her death almost a year later, she was still in custody at the jail, awaiting evaluation and transfer to the Department of State Hospitals-Napa. Ms. Martin was 32 years old.                                                                                                                                                           

District Attorney Pamela Price created the PAU in January. Its mission is to restore public trust by holding law enforcement and public officials accountable for misconduct. The new unit is under the umbrella of the Civil Rights Bureau. It also handles Brady compliance and Racial Justice Act cases. 

## Contact: Communications Director Traci Grant, // 628-249-1288 




Third Annual National Day of Prayer

On Thursday, May 4, 2023, District Attorney Pamela Price and Chief Assistant District Attorney Otis Bruce, Jr. join Supervisor David Haubert and many community and religious leaders and families at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds to honor the Third Annual Alameda County National Day of Prayer!

“The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1755 setting aside a day of prayer. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer, and in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.”

Special guests include:

Musical Performance by Pastor Gary Mortara and Mary Brown

Melissa Hernandez, Dublin Mayor

David Haubert, Alameda County Supervisor

Chaplain (CPT) Terri Sykes, Parks Reserve Forces Training Area

Pastor Steve Madsen, Cornerstone Fellowship Church

Bishop J.W. Macklin, Glad Tidings Church

Ramya Ramakrishnan (Hindu American Foundation) & Ashwini Kulkarni (Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh)

Troy Witt, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Ustadh Feraidoon Mojadedi, Muslim Community Center

Father Joseph Arsanious, St. Mary and St. John Coptic Church

Master Xin Xin Shi, Fa Yun Chan Temple Parvinder Singh Thapar & Head Priest Bhai Mann Singh jee, Tri-Valley Sikh Center

Father Erick Villa, St. Raymond’s Catholic Church

Minjhing Hsieh, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

Amelia Zeier, Dublin Bahá’í Representative

Rabbi Raleigh Resnick, Chabad of the TriValley

Rev. Anthony Woods, Palma Ceia Baptist Church

Pastor Gary Mortara, Revival Church International



May is National Foster Care Month! Join us in working to help children and youth exit care with strengthened minds, holistic supports, and stable families. Mental health is an essential component of overall health and well-being. Join National #FosterCareMonth in recognizing the importance of prioritizing conversations about mental health to support children, youth, and caregivers.

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Elgin Lowe’s award acceptance at The Annual Hearts of Hayward Volunteer Awards and Recognition Event

DA Elgin Lowe accepted the Hearts of Hayward Volunteer City of Hayward Mayor’s Award on April 20, 2023.


“A production of the City of Hayward, the office of Alameda County District 2 Supervisor and the Hearts of Hayward event committee, the gathering is an opportunity each year for local government and Hayward nonprofit organizations to highlight the contributions of community volunteers.”

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To watch the entire live stream visit The City of Hayward’s Youtube Channel


Happy Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month! The Alameda County District Attorney’s office acknowledges the many contributions of our neighbors of aapi heritage. we celebrate you this month and throughout the year.