A former New Orleans police officer is facing federal charges in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a victim, the Justice Department said Thursday.
While serving as a New Orleans police officer, 55-year-old Rodney Vicknair allegedly committed a civil rights violation two years ago when he sexually assaulted a victim (identified only as V1 in court documents), the department said.
Vicknair was charged via a briefing letter and ordered to appear in court on October 7.
This is not the first time that these kinds of allegations have been made against Vicknair.
Last year, the mother of a 14-year-old girl sued Vicknair for raping her daughter.
In May 2020, Vicknair, in his capacity as an officer, transported the unnamed teenager to hospital for an examination following a rape. Vicknair used this incident to nurse the girl for months, only to rape the girl herself at least twice, the mother claims.
The lawsuit, filed in a U.S. district court in Louisiana, also alleges that Vicknair had “a long list of complaints from citizens about unprofessional and illegal conduct.” The mother is also suing the City of New Orleans, in part, for keeping Vicknair on the force despite these concerns against him, the lawsuit said.