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NOPD officer found not guilty of malfeasance

OPSO booking photo of NOPD Ofc. John Ray OPSO booking photo of NOPD Ofc. John Ray

An Orleans Parish jury has found a New Orleans police officer not guilty of malfeasance. 

Officer John Ray, a 38-year veteran, was indicted last December on a charge of public bribery, which was later amended to malfeasance.  He pleaded not guilty in January, and jurors found him not guilty on Wednesday.

Prosecutors accused Ray of accepting at least $600 from a tow truck company between 2010 and 2011. The case stemmed from accusations that Ray accepted bribes from a towing company in exchange for allowing only its trucks to work in one city tow zone. 

Ray's attorney, Eric Hessler, argued the money was a gift and not a payoff.

Ray could have faced up to five years in prison if found guilty. Even though the jury found him not guilty, the NOPD could still decide to discipline the officer.

 

 

 

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