Thursday, 09/22/2022

The Justice Department filed a briefing alleging Rodney Viccknair, 55, a former New Orleans Police Department officer, of sexually assaulting a victim, thereby violating that victim’s constitutional rights.

The brief alleges that on September 23, 2020, the defendant, while acting under the color of the law as a police officer, willfully deprived the victim of her right to physical integrity when she engaged in sexual activity without her consent and without a legitimate law involved purpose of enforcement.

The announcement was made by Deputy Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and US Attorney Duane A. Evans for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

The FBI New Orleans Field Office and the New Orleans Police Department’s Public Integrity Bureau were investigating the case. Criminal Chief Tracey Knight of the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana and Special Litigation Counsel Fara Gold of the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department are prosecuting the case.

A piece of information is just an assertion; the accused shall be presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated September 22, 2022