Ex-New Orleans Police Officer Charged With Sexually Assaulting His Victim: NPR

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A former New Orleans police officer is facing a federal charge related to the alleged sexual assault of a victim, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

While acting in his role as a New Orleans police officer, Rodney Vicknair, 55, allegedly committed a civil rights violation when he sexually assaulted a victim (identified only as V1 in court documents) two years ago, the department said.

Vicknair was charged through a notice and he was ordered to appear in court on October 7.

This is not the first time that allegations of this nature have been made against Vicknair.

Last year, the mother of a 14-year-old girl sued Vicknair, claiming he raped her daughter.

In May 2020, Vicknair, in his capacity as an officer, transported the unnamed teenager to hospital for examination following a rape. Vicknair used this incident to treat the girl for months, only to later rape her himself at least twice, according to the mother.

The lawsuit, filed in a U.S. district court in Louisiana, also says Vicknair “had a long list of citizen complaints of unprofessional and unlawful conduct.” The mother is also suing the city of New Orleans, in part, for keeping Vicknair on the force despite those concerns against him, the lawsuit says.

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