A New Orleans Police officer is accused of sexually molesting an underage girl. The girl was the victim in an abuse case the officer was investigating, according the The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate.
Rodney Vicknair, a 13-year veteran of the department, was booked on a warrant including charges of sexual battery, indecent behavior with a juvenile, and malfeasance in office.
“Allegations against one of our own involving a juvenile is reprehensible," NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said. "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."
Vicknair was arrested in his Northshore home by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputies, and booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail Saturday.
He is suspended without pay pending the outcome of the case.