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Suspended NOPD officer indicted on rape, sex abuse charges

New Orleans, La. - A New Orleans police officer who has been suspended from duty without pay since April was indicted by a grand jury Thursday in three separate cases involving the sexual abuse of minors. 

The first indictment against Desmond Pratt involved the aggravated rape of a 15-year-old girl.  An NOPD investigation into the allegations led to Pratt's suspension and arrest on April 17. The grand jury today indicted Pratt on charges of forcible rape of a minor and sexual battery of a minor in this case.

After Pratt's arrest was reported in April, a Texas resident contacted NOPD to say that she had been victimized by him in 1997 when she was a student at a New Orleans public school. NOPD Special Victims Unit and Public Integrity Bureau investigators traveled to Texas to interview the woman, and the information they obtained led to Pratt's indictment Thursday on a charge of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. 

An investigation also revealed that a complaint of sexual abuse was filed with NOPD against Pratt on December 4, 2001. In that case, the victim alleged that Pratt sexually violated her when she was a student at a different New Orleans public school. The case was investigated and determined to be inconclusive at the time. It was reopened after the recent allegations, and information gathered led the an indictment Thursday on a charge of sexual battery of a minor.

Pratt was most recently assigned to the 6th District and joined the NOPD in 1997.    

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