NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - There is new information in our TV exclusive with a second man who has come forward saying the former lead detective of the NOPD’s pedophile unit raped him when he was boy and showed him pictures of dead children to intimidate him.
New Orleans police have confirmed the department is investigating new sexual assault allegations against former detective and convicted pedophile Stanley Burkhardt.
“He just doesn’t need to be on the streets, he’s a dangerous, dangerous person,” said alleged victim Vic Groomer.
Groomer says he met with NOPD detectives Monday as part of their ongoing investigation into Burkhardt. Groomer says he first met Burkhardt when the former sex crimes detective moved into the Bayou St. John apartment complex that his parent’s managed.
“Stanley Burkhardt was one of the police officers that lived in the building. I believe they were paid or had reduced rent to work a detail. I think there was about 10 of them that did that,” said Groomer.
Groomer says he and Burkhardt’s nephews would play, and it seemed innocent enough.
“We would play together. That would get me in his apartment. He would have his nephews there, so it would be okay to go run into the apartment,” said Groomer. “That friendship thing went on for months, like, kind of taking me in as just another kid, and then eventually his nephews wouldn’t be there.”
That’s when Groomer says the sexual abuse started. He was just 8 years old. Groomer says Burkhardt repeatedly raped him in the early 1970s. He recalls terrifying memories that he’s tried to forget.
“He would point, you know, guns at you , click , click, you know, pull the trigger. He would point the gun at himself, put the gun to his head,” said Groomer.
Groomer says he only recently told his family what happened to him as a little boy. He came forward after seeing Richard Windmann’s story publicized.
“Someone shared with me on Facebook, shared that article with me, that link. It rocked my world. It dropped me, it knocked me back,” said Groomer. “To see Richard Windmann’s story and to see his picture - to see another human being that was molested by the same guy, it set a lot in motion.”
Windmann had already told us Burkhardt raped him in the 1970s and threatened him with a picture of a dead teen named Eddie when he refused to listen.
According to a 1982 Times-Picayune States-Item article, the body of a teen named Edward Wells was found floating in the Mississippi River near the Desire Street wharf. The coroner at the time believed the 17-year-old drowned. But Burkhardt, the detective on the case, told reporter Walt Philbin he was convinced Wells was murdered.
When Groomer recently saw the picture of Wells, he knew he had seen “Eddie” before.
“I was very much like, ‘Holy s*it that’s him, that’s him!’ He was staring at me and I had seen him alive. I knew the face, and I knew what I believe was the whole circle. He was alive, and then I saw him dead,” said Groomer.
Groomer says Burkhardt showed him pictures of dead children to intimidate him, including one he believes was Wells - who was known as “Eddie Dirt.”
“Stanley opened up one of the drawers of his desk and showed me the picture of what I now believe is Eddie. Couldn’t remember the name at the time, but I now believe it,” said Groomer. “The particular picture of what I believe was Eddie was in the grass. To me it looked like a marsh scene. I don’t know if it was on the river bank, but it was near the water.”
Groomer says he has given a statement to New Orleans police about Burkhardt, while Windmann says he’s the victim in a new NOPD sexual assault investigation involving the former detective.
“Looking back at it, he’s an animal, he’s a monster, is the best I can say for him,” said Groomer.
In response to the death of Eddie Wells ,last week the NOPD said: “The incident has not been reclassified as a homicide and, therefore, a suspect has not been named. Investigators are methodically gathering available evidence to determine whether any allegations are credible and can be substantiated.”
“It just makes me resolved to try to be a part of helping other people come tell their story, because I know there is more," Groomer said. "I know without a doubt in my mind that there’s more kids out there.”
Burkhardt was eventually removed as the head of the NOPD pedophile unit and was convicted of numerous sex crimes in the 1980s and 1990s. He served time in federal prison but was released in March of 2015. According to an online sex offender registry, he’s now living and working in New Orleans.
We’ve gone to the address listed on Burkhardt’s sex offender registry. A neighbor confirmed he lives there, but we have been unable to reach him for comment.