Latest Weather Blog
New Orleans officer arrested for sexual battery of teenager
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans police officer has been formally charged after what the police department called “an inappropriate relationship with an underage minor.”
Rodney Vicknair, a 13-year veteran of the department, is accused in the arrest warrant of sexual battery, indecent behavior with a juvenile and malfeasance in office, the New Orleans Police Department announced late Saturday.
Authorities said Vicknair was arrested Friday at his home in St. Tammany Parish and was placed on immediate suspension pending the outcome of the investigation.
“Allegations against one of our own involving a juvenile is reprehensible,” New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said in a statement. “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.”
It wasn’t immediately clear Sunday if Vicknair had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf. No further details about the allegations were provided, and the department didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking further information.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Beloved snowball stand in Central back open for summer in new location
Wreath-laying ceremony, boat blessing in Pointe Coupee honors fallen heroes
Ferris wheel breaks down with passengers on board at Jambalaya Festival
95 La. churches cut ties with their denomination over ideology disagreements
EBR deputies seize pound of fentanyl, guns & cash in series of...
LSU president reminisces during team trip to DC
Southern baseball sweeps Arkansas-Pine Bluff to finish out regular season
A candid conversation with Kim Mulkey - Watch the half-hour special on...
Channel 2's Best Bet$: NBA Playoffs
Weeks after selection in WNBA draft, LSU Tigers cut from pro teams