NOPD officer accused of sexual battery, indecent behavior with juveniles

Willie A. Gant Sr. (Source: | The Times-Picayune)
Willie A. Gant Sr. (Source: | The Times-Picayune)

A New Orleans police officer has been placed on emergency suspension without pay after being arrested on two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles and two counts of sexual battery on a juvenile.

On Tuesday it was announced that Willie A. Gant Sr. is being investigated by the NOPD Public Integrity Bureau in conjunction with the NOPD Special Victims Unit after the department learned of the allegations.

As a result of the investigation, PIB issued an arrest warrant for Gant on Tuesday and made the arrest Tuesday evening. Following the arrest, as is NOPD protocol, Deputy Chief Arlinda Westbrook immediately placed Gant on emergency suspension without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

Gant was arrested in 2009 after being accused of failure to pay child support. He was also involved in the death of a fellow officer in 1998 during a wedding procession detail. He was ticketed, but no criminal action was taken in that incident.

Gant is a 26-year veteran of the NOPD and was most recently assigned to the NOPD Eighth District Mounted Unit.

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