Tuesday, September 29, 2020

So sad! Police officer asked to investigate s3xual assault on teen girl also 'molests' her

A veteran New Orleans police officer allegedly molested an underage girl whose s3xual assault he was investigating, according to a report.

Rodney Vicknair, 53, was arrested on charges of s3xual battery, indecent behavior with a juvenile and malfeasance in office after being accused of fondling the breasts and genitals of a 15-year-old girl while he looked into allegations that she was s3xually assaulted by someone else, a source close to the matter said. 

Vicknair, a 13-year department veteran, allegedly started texting the girl before visiting her house while not on the job, telling her how attractive she was and how much she aroused him, a source who spoke on condition of anonymity said. 

Vicknair, who was taken into custody without incident at his home, was suspended from his job pending the outcome of the criminal charges.

“Allegations against one of our own involving a juvenile is reprehensible,” Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said in a statement Saturday. “Upon learning of the situation, the NOPD took swift action against the accused officer. New Orleans police officers are held to a higher standard. We will not tolerate behavior that compromises the public trust or violates the law.”

An investigation into Vicknair was launched after the department’s Public Integrity Bureau received a tip that he had an “inappropriate relationship” with a minor, police said. But department officials did not elaborate on Vicknair’s connection to the alleged victim in Saturday’s statement.

Vicknair remained held without bail in jail. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney. He spent 19 years working as an emergency medical technician before joining New Orleans police.

Vicknair faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of sexual battery.

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