Victim shares new information about sexual assault investigation into former NOPD sex crimes detective

Victim confirms he's working with NOPD in investigation against former sex crimes detective

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New information has been uncovered about the sexual assault investigation into a former lead detective of the NOPD’s pedophile unit.

For the first time since an investigation was launched, the man who says he’s the victim in the case confirmed he has been talking with detectives.

Richard Windmann said he filed a formal complaint against former NOPD sex crimes detective, Stanley Burkhardt last year for what he says Burkhardt did to him in the late 1970s.

“I am the victim in that case,” Windmann said.

Windmann is the same man who in a TV exclusive last year, told FOX 8 about the nearly half million dollar confidential settlement he reached with Jesuit High School. Windmann said janitor Peter Modica repeatedly raped him at the school decades ago while priest and theology teacher Corneilus Carr watched and even participated.

But before that, Windmann, as a little boy, was the victim of an infamous pedophile ring, known as Boy Scout Troop 137 and claims he was raped by four of his scout leaders. And, as that case progressed, Windmann was introduced to Burkhardt, who was the lead detective of the NOPD’s pedophile unit at the time. Burkhardt was supposed to look after a young Windmann, but instead, Windmann says Burkhardt started sexually abusing him.

Windmann said that abuse went on until he was 16.

“One day he brought me to the police station and he brought me into the evidence room at police headquarters on the third floor and he showed me kiddie porn in the evidence room and committed oral sex on me,” Windmann said.

Burkhardt is now a convicted pedophile and is listed on the sex offender registry after being convicted of numerous sex crimes in the 1980s and 90s. However, he was never prosecuted for Windmann’s allegations, even though court documents show Windmann was called as a witness in a 2011 federal case against Burkhardt. The court concluded then that Burkhardt was a “sexually dangerous person,” and in coming to that opinion, the judge cited significant events in Burkhardt’s life including that, “while a police officer he molested Richard Windmann, a young boy at the time.”

“He’s still on the street, he’s still on the street," Windmann said. “What the hell? You know. If I steal a car I go to Angola for 10 years and I don’t get out. This guy, a police officer, been convicted three times, crimes against children, and he’s still on the street.”

Burkhardt served time in federal prison but got out in March of 2015. According to an online sex offender registry, he is now living in New Orleans.

“I know that when I take my last breath on this earth that this is still going to happen, but like I said before, maybe this is the time of awareness, maybe this is the time that we say no more,” Windmann said.

FOX 8 reached out to the NOPD about this story and the department said the investigation into allegations against Stanley Burkhardt remains open and active.

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